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More than 50 kids ages 11 to 18 use holiday or fall theme to convey the risks of drug use

Oregon City Together and community partners sponsored a Halloween poster contest for youth ages 11 to 18 in the Oregon City School District.

Kids were encouraged to create an original poster conveying the risks and facts about youth drug use.

Oregon City students created more than 50 Halloween-themed posters as part of the celebration.

Many of the posters are being displayed in business storefronts throughout the city, in partnership with the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown OC Association and OC schools.

COURTESY PHOTO - World HeARTS Fair Trade employee Samantha Dusek joins middle school student Zachary Baker and owners Robin and Kurt May.Grocery Outlet management team member Ritch Sabin, middle school student Serena, and Grocery Outlet management team member, Logan Martin."This is a great way for businesses to add some Halloween flair to their windows while supporting the youth in our community," said Chamber CEO Victoria Meinig. "And helping keep kids off drugs is everyone's business."

COURTESY PHOTO - Middle school student Flora Martinez and Menchie's employee Taylor Robbins hold up a Halloween poster outside the frozen yogurt parlor.COURTESY PHOTO - Middle school student Cameron Dille, Citizens Bank Vice President David Green and sixth grader Samantha Dille partner on the Halloween poster contest.Liz Hannum, DOCA executive director, hopes parents and families will visit downtown to see their students' artwork.

COURTESY PHOTO - Middle school student Alyssa Colvin stands with her Halloween poster with print-shop owner Kacy Buel."It's something fun and safe to do for Halloween during a very challenging time," Hannum said.

OC Together, a Drug-Free Community Coalition, said the primary focus of the poster contest was to prevent youth use of marijuana and alcohol.

OC Together's Pam Wilson said the contest offered prizes, in addition to the chance to see your poster displayed in an Oregon City storefront window. For more information about the effort to prevent youth drug use, visit

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