"That (survey) confirmed our conviction to help," Sieben said.
Saturday's event was split into age groups. Children ages 8 to 12 played on an inflatable obstacle course and bounce house, competed in Minute to Win It games and made beaded crafts. Teenagers played dodgeball that night. Both groups received a drug education talk.
GPS adults want to send the kids a message of support.
"Drugs are a bad choice," Sieben said. "Every one of us is here. Anyway we can help them with a problem, (we'll do it)."
Community support is also important. Local businesses have contributed money and prizes, and volunteers are always needed.
Several kids involved with GPS have taken on a leadership role in the organization, bringing other teenagers to the events and helping watch the younger children.
Teenagers from all around are invited to participate with GPS.
"You don't have to be a straight-A student to do something with your life," Sieben said. "We know they can do well; they have to know it."
Sue Ann Dyer, another volunteer, agreed.
"They're not out of sight and out of mind," she said. "We're not going to turn anybody away."
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