Local students race against drugs

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Awareness initiative features numerous activities for elementary school students

PARRSBORO - Ready, set, go... and the race was on for Parrsboro Regional Elementary Schools Grades 4 through 6 students who spent the morning participating in the Race Against Drugs in the Parrsboro Regional High School gymnasium on Feb. 26.

PARRSBORO - Ready, set, go... and the race was on for Parrsboro Regional Elementary Schools Grades 4 through 6 students who spent the morning participating in the Race Against Drugs in the Parrsboro Regional High School gymnasium on Feb. 26.

Race Against Drugs is an initiative of the Parrsboro and Area Drug Awareness Committee to help support youth education regarding safety in many areas of life including drugs.

The program included a number of activities for the kids to participate in to show how drugs and alcohol can affect motor skills.

One of the activities included an interactive dance mat where the kids had to follow along with dance steps, another included stacking cups, while two other activities included tracks set up for race cars. These activities were designed to show how being under the influence of drugs or alcohol could impair a persons reaction.

The man behind the race was Cpl. Gary Frail from Halifax RCMP Drug Awareness, who travels bringing this interactive way of learning to various communities.

Cpl. Dal Hutchinson and retired Sgt. Bob Foley were the ones who brought the Race Against Drugs to Parrsboro, Frail said. Its a great way for the kids to have fun while theyre learning how certain motor skills couldnt be carried out if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

There were a number of other volunteers who came in and helped us carry in all the equipment and set up, he added. Things wouldnt have been organized if it werent for all of the volunteers.

The kids spent an allotted amount of time at each station, which also included talking with a conservation officer with the Department of Natural Resources about ATV safety; Cpl. Dal Hutchinson on peer pressure, gangs, etc., Cpl. John James on bullying and EHS about what effects alcohol and drugs can have on a person.

Grades 4 through 6 students from Parrsboro Regional Elementary School spent the morning with these activities while Springhill students spent the afternoon in Parrsboro taking part in this event.



Organizations: Parrsboro Regional Elementary Schools Grades, Parrsboro Regional High School, Area Drug Awareness Committee Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: PARRSBORO

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