Anti-drug program draws rave reviews

Anti-drug program draws rave reviews

The presentation of an anti-drug program by a musical group known as The Standards received rave reviews during Monday night’s Obion County School Board meeting.
The Standards conducted anti-drug programs Thursday and Friday at six schools in the Obion County School System.
The group consists of five brothers who have lost friends due to drugs. They now travel throughout the nation to encourage students to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Their message to students is clear: You can have a good time and live a happy life without the use of drugs and alcohol. Their plea is for students to reach out to each other, whether a student has a friend or family member using drugs and alcohol or the student is personally using, and to give or get the help and support needed to get off — and stay away from — drugs and alcohol.
According to the Obion County Board of Education, the group presents itself in a way to which students can relate by the way they dress, their music and how they interact with the audience.
“By observing students at each school, it was obvious The Standards touched many who have personally lived through drug and alcohol abuse of some kind,” a board spokesman said. “They took time after each performance to talk to students individually and in small groups and students related some of their stories to them. The program was a huge success based on positive comments from students, faculty and administrators.”
The board has expressed appreciation to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and the Obion County Sheriff’s Department for co-sponsoring the event.
In addressing the school board at its session Monday night, Black Oak Elementary School principal Sheila Stone said The Standards’ presentation at her school was “absolutely fantastic.”
Mrs. Stone said the group members asked students to raise their hands if they had been affected by drugs and several students responded with raised hands. She has since asked the school guidance counselor to follow up with the children.
Obion County Director of Schools David Huss said Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder related to him that it takes $36,000 per year to incarcerate one individual, which means if just one student was reached through The Standards’ local anti-drug program, the money invested in the program by the sponsors will be multiplied six times over.
“It was an excellent, excellent program,” Huss added.
Published in The Messenger 5.13.08

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