Teens speak up against drugs

— Sunnyside High School Prevention Club just wrapped up Red Ribbon Week with a variety of activities, which included a trip to city council.

Club members attended the council meeting and used their voice on how drugs have affected their peers, Community Coalition programs specialist Brenda Barrios said.

Throughout the week, the teens held lunchtime activities where they received pledges from peers to stay committed to being drug-free.

On the final day, Oct. 31, they celebrated by hosting a “Walk Away from Drugs” rally after school. The club members walked from the high school to Pioneer Elementary School with their pledges and posters to show the community some positive messaging.

The goal of the Red Ribbon Campaign, traditionally held Oct. 22-31, is to increase awareness of the violence associated with youth drug use, Barrios said.

She said the Prevention Club has decided to focus the week on the protective factor of positive bonding through peers.

According to the Surgeon General’s Report, teens who are attached to their peers and school are less likely to participate in risky behaviors, such as underage substance use.

According to the Social Development Strategy, youth need opportunities, skills, and recognition to strengthen these bonds to their peers and schools.

Prevention Club meets every Thursday in Room 123, Barrios said.

Prevention Club is looking for members who are wanting to make a difference at their school and in their community.

Barrios said the purpose of the club is to discourage destructive decisions including; drugs, tobacco, alcohol, texting & driving, bullying, and other behaviors and to promote healthy decisions.


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