WOODLAND PARK, NJ - October is the busiest month of the year for the Woodland Park Municipal Alliance Against Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, as it plans and hosts several events for the three local schools as well as the public. The Alliance is a volunteer based community group that is funded by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

During Red Ribbon Week, which is Oct. 23-27, all the schools have a different dress down theme each day, such as mismatched, sports attire, and super hero shirts.

The Alliance sponsors assemblies at each school as well. On Oct. 11, Memorial School hosted John Halligan, who presented “Ryan’s Story,” which detailed the life of his son Ryan, who took his life at age 13 after incessant bullying.

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Other upcoming events, open to all residents, include:

2K walk: The Alliance will host its sixth annual 2K Walk Away from Drugs & Alcohol on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the WP Boys & Girls Club. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with the walk at 9 a.m. Donation is $2 per person or $5 per family. No children under 13 can participate without adult supervision. Donation includes free bounce house, giant inflatable Nerf maze tag, bagels, coffee and water. There will also be raffle prizes, including four $50 WP Boys & Girls Club sports registration certificates for those completing the walk.

15 Minute Child Break: A free one hour presentation, open to ALL parents/guardians, will be held at Beatrice Gilmore School, 1075 McBride Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.
This program informs, encourages and empowers adults about how to communicate with children about the misuse/abuse of alcohol and other drugs. It includes up-to-date statistics on drug and alcohol use and information about various types of drugs used by children.
Research shows that children who have regular communication with parents about daily activities are 67 percent less likely to be involved in substance abuse than children who have little or no communication.

'Trick or Trunk': The annual "Trick or Trunk"' event will be held on Halloween, Oct. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the WP Boys & Girls Club,, 8 Memorial Dr. A minimum of 50 "trunkers" are needed for this event to be a success. Please consider volunteering with other families to provide candy and decorations. There will be a trunk decorating contest. To sign up your car, text Michele at 973-219-9111. Parents may register their children for the event at http://tinyurl.com/y85je6sv. This event is open to Woodland Park children only. Cost: suggested donation of 1 bag of candy per family. RSVP by Oct. 23.