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Skaters have fun and learn to say no to drugs

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

January 19, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -A South Georgia business made sure hundreds of young people learned the hard lessons about drugs and gangs while having fun on their holiday.

The Stardust Two Skating Center welcomed Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul's drug prevention program. They call it the Just Say No to Drugs Skate, and more than 300 youngsters took part.

Sheriff Sproul and his Deputies showed the kids drug and gang paraphernalia, as well as the weapons used by gangsters on the street and in jail. A frightening lesson to try to convince the students to stay away from gangs and drugs.

Deputy Santos Ruizgonzalez said "We want to inform that that we have problems on our streets. That we want them to know it can be taken care or."

Stardust 2 Skate Center owner Cheryl Watts said "It will benefit them in their future, and they come out and get good exercise. And they learn to just say no."

This is the 15th year that Stardust Skating has donated part of the money from the skate to the Dougherty County Sheriff's Youth Division, to pay for kid prevention programs. Last year they donated $835  to help teach kids to say no to drugs.