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From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Community Relations Specialist, 503-655-8752

06-11-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

'I Choose' helps college students make better choices

Local college students last month made the declaration to choose better ways to live.

As part of National Prevention Week, Clackamas Community College students had photographs taken on campus as they held signs with personal messages about why substance abuse prevention or mental health is important to them. The students followed "I choose" by adding their own healthy behavior or activity instead of using drugs or alcohol. Some shared, "I choose treatment."

Rod Cook, director of the Children, Youth and Families Division of Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services said, "Projects like this help promote positive drug-free messages at Clackamas Community College and throughout our community."

Brian McCrady, a drug and alcohol program planner at Clackamas County, said "I believe this builds up the hope and confidence in being drug- and alcohol-free for the individuals who participate in the 'I Choose' activity, as well as those who see the pictures at the event and through social media."

Several groups and individuals were instrumental for helping make the 'I Choose' event a success, including the Associated Student Body and Phi Theta Kappa groups at Clackamas Community College, Jodine Sampson from Clackamas County Social Services/Volunteer Connections, and Judy Pearce from the county Juvenile Department. The event was also assisted by volunteers from Tim Pantages, an instructor at Clackamas Community College.

For more information about the 'I Choose' project, members of the media and public may contact Brian McCrady at 503-650-5681 or bmccrady@clackamas.us.

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