Over 1,800 Grade 5 students from Clarington area public schools joined 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 ran from Jun. 7 to 9 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 43,000 students.
The arena was 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 how important team work is. 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 virtual race track.
Emphasis on healthy activities such as sports and the arts are also promoted throughout the event.
rad thumb (JPG file, 44.0K bytes)
Auxiiary Cst. Massey talks to kids about the effects of alcohol (JPG file, 164.3K bytes)
Cst. Durst guides a student through the obstacle course (JPG file, 178.0K bytes)
The Clarington RAD Executive Committee (JPG file, 166.4K bytes)