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Walk to help fight suicide at Kleiner Park event; nominate a top youth volunteer

Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13, to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Your efforts fund groundbreaking research at the national level, and provide training and education in suicide prevention in communities in Idaho.
Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13, to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Your efforts fund groundbreaking research at the national level, and provide training and education in suicide prevention in communities in Idaho. Courtesy of Ely Ledgends Photography LLC

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has set a goal to reduce annual suicide by 20 percent by 2025, thanks to walkers and donors.

This weekend, join the effort with other community members at the Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 N. Records Ave. in Meridian.

Check-in is at 8 a.m. with opening ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m.

The route — just over 3 miles long — starts near the amphitheater of Kleiner Park, and it is wheelchair and stroller friendly.

In addition to the walk, there will be music by The English Muffins, games and activities, including a garden where you can honor your loved ones, a sand jar, and honor beads.

Feel free to bring your friendly, leashed dog and arrive early to enter your buddy into the smallest- or largest-dog contest.

The walk raises awareness and funds that allow the AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss.

Registration is free and available at afsp.org/boise.

Online registration closes at noon Friday, Oct. 12; however, people may register on site from check-in till the start of the walk.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can donate to a fellow participant/team or to the cause itself at afsp.org/boise. Walk donations are accepted until Dec. 31.

Seeking Idaho’s top youth volunteers

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Idaho’s top youth volunteers of the year.

Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months.

Two Idaho honorees will receive $1,000, a medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The application is available at spirit.prudential.com and nassp.org/spirit.

To apply, students and certifiers must complete the following steps:

Students complete the online application by Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Then, students submit the application for certification to their principal or head of a local participating organization.

Certifiers review all applications for their school or organization, then select a local honoree to nominate for state-level judging by Friday, Nov. 16.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle school and high school students. The awards have been granted annually for the past 23 years on the local, state and national level.

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451
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