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Rose Willigar
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The race was on at the Parrsboro Regional High School gymnasium for Grades 4 through 6 on Feb. 26.

PARRSBORO: The race was on at the Parrsboro Regional High School gymnasium for Grades 4 through 6 on Feb. 26.
Race Against Drugs, an initiative of the Parrsboro and Area Drug Awareness Committee to help support youth education regarding safety in many areas of life including drugs was in full affect.
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, two other activities included tracks set up for race cars. These activities were designed to show how the influence of drugs or alcohol could impair a person's 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 but Parrsboro officers played a role in capturing his attention.
"Cpl. Dal Hutchinson and retired Sgt. Bob Foley were the ones who brought the Race Against Drugs to Parrsboro," Frail said.
"It's a great way for the kids to have fun while they're learning how certain motor skills couldn't be carried out if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol," Frail said.
"There were a number of other volunteers who came in and helped us carry in all the equipment and set up, things wouldn't have been organized if it weren't 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 natural resources about four-wheeler safety; Cpl. Dal Hutchinson on peer pressure, gangs, etc., Cpl. John James on bullying and EHS about what affects alcohol and drugs can have on a person.
Grades 4 through 6 from Parrsboro Regional Elementary spent the morning with these activities while Springhill students spent the afternoon in Parrsboro taking part in this event.

Organizations: Parrsboro Regional High School, Area Drug Awareness Committee

Geographic location: PARRSBORO

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