'Operation Saturation' to send strong message
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking forward to Red Ribbon Week and the special activities of Tuesday's "Operation Saturation" are Franklin Elementary School Red Ribbon Ambassadors front row, from left, third graders Sherry Nametko, Madison Brown and Jaiden Muffley. Middle row, from left, fourth graders Richie Failla, Dakota Stadtmueller and Carter Strauss. Back row, from left, Lehighton Area School District Drug and Alcohol Prevention/Education Specialist Travis Andrews and elementary guidance counselor Deb McKain. This is a special week in LASD that emphasizes a strong message of anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse and anti-bullying.
As part of Red Ribbon Week, Lehighton Area School District has been busy preparing for tomorrow's "Operation Saturation." It is a daylong event filled with activities aimed directly at emphasizing a strong message of anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse and anti-bullying.
"The activities for this special event will be very interactive and will emphasize awareness to both our school and community," says LASD Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education Specialist Travis Andrews.
Employed by Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc., Andrews is responsible to help conduct the K-12 alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education prevention programs and services for the school district.
Under the direction of LASD Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Grants Tim Tkach, Andrews has been planning the "Operation Saturation" activities with administrators, guidance counselors and teachers.
Throughout the day on Tuesday, Andrews and other WVADS drug and alcohol prevention/education specialists will conduct interactive educational activities for all students in all grades.
Lehighton Area High School will host three adolescent counselors who will discuss their life-changing experiences that were caused by their choices relating to drugs and alcohol.
"Know the Facts" will be presented at Lehighton Area Middle School. Students will discuss refusal skills, peer pressure, bullying, and the negative effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
In addition, retired National Hockey League player Dennis Bonvie will talk to the middle school students in the afternoon followed by a question and answer period. Bonvie played for six NHL teams including the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is currently a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks.
"My Body, My House" will be presented to elementary school students in kindergarten and first grade. It will deal with good and bad things that can put into our bodies. Second-grade students will discuss medications. Students in grade three will work with "Smart, Safe, Choices," which is a decision-making model with interactive activities.
"Know the Facts" will be presented to fourth grade students to discuss refusal skills, peer pressure, bullying, and the negative effects of drug and alcohol. This will be similar to the presentation made to fifth- and sixth-grade students, but at a level appropriate for fourth graders.
"Operation Saturation" will culminate on Tuesday evening with a community program at 7 p.m. at LAHS auditorium. All interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend.
For more information about LASD, Red Ribbon Week, and "Operation Saturation" activities, visit www.Lehighton.org.