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Students do 'Don't Get Me Started' program

Prescott Valley’s Coyote Elementary School students display MATFORCE Don’t Get Me Started Prevention workbooks they used during Red Ribbon Week. From left to right: Ava Poitras, Megan Cage, Trinity Harris, Ava Lee, Ella Poitras and Alexis Lee.<br>
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Prescott Valley’s Coyote Elementary School students display MATFORCE Don’t Get Me Started Prevention workbooks they used during Red Ribbon Week. From left to right: Ava Poitras, Megan Cage, Trinity Harris, Ava Lee, Ella Poitras and Alexis Lee.<br> Courtesy Photo

Each year MATFORCE helps schools support Red Ribbon Week with ribbons, bookmarks, speakers, workbooks, and other substance abuse prevention tools. The materials and presentations are all geared toward helping students make good, healthy choices for themselves.

In October, MATFORCE provided over 10,000 ribbons and bookmarks to 25 schools in Yavapai County. Over 3,000 students in grades K-5th grade received the MATFORCE 'Don't Get Me Started' prevention workbooks. Middle and high schools had assemblies featuring MATFORCE speakers who tell their own personal stories, including Junior Pemberton, Jason Burns and Brandon Iurato. Students also received classroom presentations on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Marijuana Harmless? Think Again.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is an outstanding MATFORCE partner and supporter of Red Ribbon Week and had numerous Deputy Doo Right assembly presentations geared toward helping students make good choices.

In the Prescott area, MATFORCE Education Coordinator Kelly Lee said, "I would like to give special recognition to Coyote Springs Elementary School and Prescott Valley Charter School in Prescott Valley and Mayer Elementary School for scheduling MATFORCE presentations for each and every classroom. The Student Council and National Honor Society students from Mayer High School also did an outstanding job organizing a week of substance abuse prevention events."

To schedule speakers or presentations, and learn more about our materials and resources, contact Kelly Lee at MATFORCE at 708-0100 or visit matforce.org.

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