An anti-drug march was held in Tallahassee's Richmond Heights neighborhood Friday night. The children carried signs and wore yellow hard hats to show they are rebuilding what drugs and violence tried to destroy their community.
Benjamin Benjamin of the Boys and Girls Club says, "They get to see themselves as a part of something, they can make a difference no matter how old they are."
"These kids are our background, they're what's going to be for us tomorrow, and we educate them against drugs, we'll have some great kids," explains resident Maria Blake.
This march is part of an effort by residents and local law enforcement to establish the Richmond Heights community as an area against drug activity.
Kathy McGhin of the Tallahassee Police Department says, "The police are here working with the residents, we have pride in our community, we want drug dealers to know we're not going to take it anymore."
Many of the parents taking part in the march say it still "takes a village to raise a child" and they say with every step they're actually moving closer to a brighter future for their kids.
"Planting the seeds of hope in this community as well as in this whole city because the children are our future, and what we put into them, in their minds and hearts, is going to guide them into the future and ultimately our own future," says parent Melanie Stutson.
Friday's march was coordinated by the Tallahassee Police Department's "weed and seed" initiative.
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