The Celebration for a Drug-Free Taylor will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 1, at the Heritage Park Activity Building in Taylor’s Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road.

An annual event open to the public, it recognizes Taylor School District students, individuals and community groups who encourage their peers to make healthy lifestyle choices. Sponsored by the Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, students will be recognized for their participation in creating art, poetry, essays and new media.

Simone Calvas, project director, said the event recognizes substance abuse prevention efforts community-wide.

“This year’s theme is “Who’s Your Hero Who Keeps You Drug and Violence Free?’ and the students were very creative with their entries,” she said.

Celebration activities will include an awards ceremony, free food, refreshments and raffle prizes. Residents are encouraged to attend.

The Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force is a coalition of concerned residents and community volunteers who are invested in the health, safety and success of the Taylor community and uphold a core belief in no illegal or high risk use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. The group supports this mission through collaborative, proactive prevention efforts. Task Force meetings, which are open to the community, are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Monday of each month at Journey of Hope Community Church, 8900 Pardee Road.