‘Drug Awareness Week’ events planned

In conjunction with “National Drug Awareness Week,” the district Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) team and the local chapter of Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving have planned several activities to spread their message.
Entitled “Just Say Me,” a pair of magic shows are slated for local elementary students (grades four-six) tomorrow at the Townshend Theatre, SAP co-ordinator Kelly Olson noted yesterday.
“It’s for teaching kids how to say ‘no’ to drugs,” she noted, adding the illusionist couple who stage the show will be entertaining and informative at the same time.
The shows will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Olson also noted volunteers involved in arranging the show, and students who attend it, each will get a treat courtesy of We “R” Entertainment.
As for the OSAID group at Fort Frances High School, president Tina Venne said their goal is “to find out how much students know about drugs, and warn them about the dangers of drinking and driving.”
Activities got underway yesterday with a photo scavenger hunt, which saw grade nine students running around the school to collect a series of clues.
Tomorrow at lunchtime (11:35 a.m.-12:35 p.m.), all students can participate in a game called “Toss the Cookies” in the school atrium. The aim is to throw cookies at a target while wearing the perception-distorting “Fatal Vision” goggles.
And Friday will be a “Survivor” game in which teams of students will vie against each other in a trivia contest in the high school cafeteria.
Members of the winning team will get gift certificates for free CDs courtesy of Sight & Sound.
Non-alcoholic beverages also will be served up at the cafeteria during the lunch hour Friday.
Olson noted similar activities are being co-ordinated at Atikokan and Rainy River high schools.