BARSTOW Officer Jarell Gilmore works as a school resource officer at Barstow High School and says that he gets to see both the good and the bad in teenagers.

"Sometimes people just see the bad, but I want to see the good," said Gilmore.

The Fall Festival that is being held Saturday by Barstow Police and Fire Explorers teen volunteers who work with police and fire personnel and participate in community events is hoped to highlight the good in Barstow area teenagers by informing the community about preventing drug use.

A representative from Barstow Recovery Center will be on hand to explain how folks can receive counseling for drug and alcohol use as well as give information to children about preventing drug use, said Gilmore.

The teens involved in the explorer programs came up with the idea and will be running many of the booths on Saturday, said Gilmore. This is the first time that the two different explorer programs have teamed up to hold the festival and Gilmore hopes it can become an annual event.

Children will be able to participate in a variety of games, including a three-legged race, bank shot game, football toss, dinosaur dig, Frisbee throw, horseshoes, and a cake walk, said Gilmore. A game wristband costs $5, and the proceeds will go towards Christmas Cops and Kids held by Barstow Police Activities League and the Explorers program.

A police car, fire truck and ambulance will also be on display.

For teenagers, there will be information on how they can join the explorer's program, which usually starts taking applications in June, said Gilmore. Participants can join when they're freshman in high school all the way up to age 20.

Refreshments will also be available for purchase at the event, said Gilmore.

Families who come to the event are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy worth $10 to the festival in exchange for a raffle ticket for prizes, said Gilmore. The toys will be given out this Christmas during the Christmas Cops and Kids program.

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Fall Festival - Safety Awareness
Sat., noon to 4:30 p.m.
Dana Park, 850 Barstow Road, Barstow
Bring unwrapped toy worth $10 for donation to Christmas Cops and Kids
Proceeds benefit Barstow Police Explorer program and Barstow Police Activities League for Christmas Cops and Kids.