, Kingston, NH

June 7, 2012

Let's Talk RCYF

By Celeste Clark

— RAYMOND —The Raymond Coalition for Youth (RCFY) promotes positive and healthy, behaviors and choices.

Look what we have been up to!

Over 125 youth took to the streets in downtown Raymond to pick up litter as part of our annual Operation Raymond Cleanup event. You might have seen them. They looked like blue blobs of workers diligently working to make our community a cleaner, pretty place to live.

We also included a service learning piece to this by inviting Breathe NH in to teach them about the dangers discarded cigarette butts cause to our environment. One group picked up enough ‘butts’ to fill two gallon plastic bags.

If you would like to take the opportunity to clean up your neighborhood Public Works of Raymond will provide the blue bags and will collect them when they are full.  

One-hundred and thirty-one (131) pounds of medication was collected in Raymond as part of the DEA Medication take back event. RCFY, in partnership with the Raymond Police Department participated in the fourth DEA Prescription Drug Take Back event.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by to safely dispose of their unwanted, unneeded or expired medication. This was a record for Raymond.  In the past two years we have collected over 375 pounds.  

This event helped to raise awareness to the growing concerns of medication abuse and misuse and remind everyone to safely dispose of their medications.  This is important to protect our water supply and community.  We would like to remind everyone that it is important to store medications in a safe, out of sight location, preferably not the medicine cabinet or your kitchen table.

Youth News! Our youth groups are in full swing at the middle and high school.

The next time you are at the Raymond Middle school check out the great Ram mural that has been added in the gym by our RCFY service learning Youth Action eight graders. Go Raymond Pride! They designed it and are in the process of finishing up the painting.

Our middle school after school youth action group collected over 290 items for their animal food and supplies drive for the NHSPCA and will be participating in their PAWS walk on June 10.  

RCFY Youth Action at the high school is participating in awareness activities at the high school to promote a safe prom and graduation season.  Driving simulators were brought in from Dartmouth College to raise awareness to the dangers of texting and driving.  This interactive driving machine that incorporates texting shows how quickly an accident can happen if you take your eyes off of the road for even a second.

Once again this year the Grim Reaper paid a visit to RHS to remind everyone of the dangers of drinking or drug use while driving. Every fifty minutes someone dies from the result of a drunken driving accident.  

Our fundraising cards are here! They are $10.00 a piece and can be used over and over again at local businesses. They can be purchased at the Town Hall or Recreation Department and all proceed benefit our programs and activities.

RCFY strength is in the ongoing dedication from individuals and groups who support our mission by being involved, at the planning table, volunteering or participating in our activities and sharing information.

Our monthly meetings, held since 2003, are well attended each month and allow for networking, sharing and collaborative efforts that engage and strengthen our efforts and outcomes.  We would love to have you join us.  They are the second Thursday of the month, 9:00–10:30 a.m. at Lamprey Health Care.

To learn more about RCFY visit our website at or check us on Facebook.  If you have any questions please contact our office at 895 4735, ext. 125 or email