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Sunnyside's Promise to appear at state summit

Ruben Carrera and Police Chief Ed Radder of Sunnyside's Promise will be presenters at the annual Washington State Prevention Summit, set for next week.

The summit, to be held at the Yakima Convention Center from Oct. 20-22, is a statewide gathering dedicated to preventing drug abuse.

Sunnyside's Promise Director Lisa Fairbairn announced Carrera's appearance at the summit during a board meeting on Thursday afternoon.

"We're hoping youth from Sunnyside High School will also be there for a student assembly," added Fairbairn. She noted the summit includes an awards banquet recognizing individuals and agencies for their efforts in drug prevention.

Featured speakers include Lieutenant Governor Brad Owens, Miss Washington Allison Porter and WSU associate professor Michael Pavel.

"We have been part of the summit for the past three years," noted Fairbairn. "Youth from the area attend the conference and help out with volunteering to set up meeting rooms and distributing evaluations."

Fairbairn said, "I would like to see a lot of Lower Valley representation at the summit since it's in our back yard."

Carrerra will be presenting Saturday morning at the summit from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Radder is scheduled to speak Friday afternoon from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

"One of the benefits for us to attend the summit is that we will be able to meet with state officials to help us with our mentoring program for the Class of 2012," noted Fairbairn.

In other news from Thursday's meeting, Celisa Hopkins of the American Lung Association addressed Sunnyside's Promise on progress in reducing teen smoking rates. An ALA mentoring program, "Teens Against Tobacco Use," has helped reduce the overall smoking rate in Washington from 24 to 19 percent.

Sunnyside's Promise will next meet on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the Tech building at Denny Blaine.

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