Hundreds of Grade 5 students from Clarington area public schools are joining the race against drugs this week. The popular Racing Against Drugs (RAD) program teaches kids the dangers of drug use through interactive and informative displays or "pit stops." The event goes from Jun. 2 to Jun. 4 at Garnet B. Rickard arena in Bowmanville, and is coordinated by the Clarington RAD Committee, which includes DRP, OPP and RCMP members.
Racing Against Drugs is an interactive and educational program designed to promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle for kids in cooperation with different agencies, such as community police offices and health professionals. Since 1998, Racing Against Drugs has taken its message to over 40,000 students.
The arena will be set up for various activities known as “Pit Stops”. Some of the pit stops will teach kids about the effects of alcohol when walking or driving, while others will demonstrate what it is like to be inside a rolling vehicle. One reason for the success of Racing Against Drugs is its connection to auto racing. At the end of the day, schools race against each other on a professionally built slot car track.
Emphasis on healthy activities such as sports and the arts are also promoted throughout the event.
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