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Elementary, High School Students Teach Each Other to Say “No” to Drugs and Alcohol

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Fifth graders wrote seniors letters telling them to stay sober on prom night.

Fifth graders wrote seniors letters telling them to stay sober on prom night.

Fifth graders wrote seniors letters telling them to stay sober on prom night.

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Friday morning in homeroom, BASH seniors received cards from 5th Graders, reminding them to stay sober on prom night. The comments included:

-“Have a great time at prom, but don’t do anything that will get you into trouble.”

-“Do not drink and drive. It will not be worth it!”

-“Have a good time, but do not drink beer.”

The cards came from students at Boyertown, Colebrookdale, and Gilbertsville  elementary schools. Students made them last week after hearing a presentation about drug and alcohol abuse from high school students in the S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club.

Many S.A.D.D. students say this trip is the best thing the club does all year. The mission of the club is to “empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that face them in their daily lives”.
“I liked seeing my old school, and getting the chance to inform the 5th graders about drug and alcohol abuse,” Senior S.A.D.D. member Sarah Conroy said.

Conroy and the other S.A.D.D. students gave a lesson about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and also tried to bring awareness about the abuse epidemic.

The presentation included what drugs and alcohol are, and the effects they have on the body.  The elementary students then brainstormed ideas on how to say no if they were ever in a situation where drugs and alcohol were around them.
“We made some changes to the presentation this year to include the part about giving students ways to respond to situations,” Spanish Teacher and SADD Adviser Mrs. Sandra Beck said.
Conroy said it is eye-opening to hear elementary kids’ knowledge of and ideas about drugs.
“I was shocked when a kid said that smoking meth is better than smoking cigarettes,” she said.
At the end of the lecture, the 5th graders were given the opportunity to make the cards for the seniors attending prom. The cards included each kid’s name and what they like to do in their free time, with a note stating that the seniors are to keep safe while they are at prom.

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