Community-Based Drug Prevention

Students Stand Against Drugs

Butler Eagle – May 2, 2010

They display their pledge on T-shirts About 250 sixth grade students at Mars Centennial School and 150 sixth grade students at Buffalo and South Buffalo elementary schools made a pledge to be drug-free in a unique manner.

Each of the students was given an “I Promise” T-shirt designed by Community Awareness Network for a Drug-Free Life and Environment, or CANDLE. The shirts have a space for the student’s signature as a wearable sign of their drug- and alcohol-free commitment, according to a news release.

The shirts are available by a grant from the state attorney general office and a private donor.

Norma Norris, director of the CANDLE Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program, reminded students of the importance of keeping their drug- and alcohol-free promise.

Many sixth grade students and their parents have attended the Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program.

In the news release, Centennial Principal Todd Lape said he appreciates the program because “it is rare that a drug and alcohol prevention program is designed to reach parent and child together like the Reality Tour. Reaching parents is critical.”

The school is in the Mars School District.

Freeport School District principals Steve Poleski and Charles Kreinbucher of Buffalo and South Buffalo elementary schools are working on ways to increase student participation in the next school year.

The next Reality Tour programs will be held at 6 p.m. May 13 at the Adams Township Building and May 17 at Slippery Rock University.

The program is for parents with children ages 10 to 18. Register online at www.RealityTour. org. Cost is $5 per person. Preregistration required.

Proceeds benefit CANDLE, a nonprofit organization.

For group reservations, call 724-679-6612.