From Monday, May 5 to Friday, May 9, 2014 over 6,000 fifth grade students from the Durham District School Board and Durham Catholic School Board will participate in the annual Racing Against Drugs (RAD). The week-long program, held at Iroquois Park in Whitby, will teach students about the dangers of drug and alcohol use, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and a commitment to personal safety.
The community-based drug and alcohol awareness program is co-ordinated by the RAD committee, which includes school board members, DRP, OPP and RCMP officers, and business and industry partners. As of last year, approximately 102,500 students have participated in the RAD program. The students will rotate through 31 interactive “pit stops” run by education, agency and business partners, which include DRP. Students will have eight minutes at each stop, which are set-up around the perimeter of two ice rinks. The “pit stops” deliver messages on substance abuse and awareness, healthy alternative choices such as sports, hobbies or the arts, and personal safety. One of the stops presented by DRP features fatal vision goggles, which will teach children the dangers of impaired driving.
Racing Against Drugs has been presented to students since 1996. RAD Durham is the largest of all the provincial programs and the longest running over the years.
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Our Auxiliary officers have a little fun showing Grade 5 students how the intoxilyzer goggles work. (JPG file, 406.9K bytes)