The final day of the Clarington Racing Against Drugs program wrapped up on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Flocks of Grade 5 students from all around Clarington descended on the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex from May 27 to May 29 to participate in the much anticipated event. DRP’s frontline and auxiliary officers were on hand to run four pit stops, act as chaperones and educate youth.
Not only is the Racing Against Drugs program great for teaching kids about the consequences of drugs and alcohol, peer pressure and healthy, active-lifestyle choices, it also supports youth literacy. Every school that attended had one lucky student who went home with a free e-reader.
“It’s a great opportunity for the kids and for us to support literacy," said the head of the Clarington Racing Against Drugs Steering Committee, Cst. Paul Hawrychuk. “We use the Kobo e-readers because they’re the only brand that lets kids download e-books at their local library without having to use an app, which allows all kids the opportunity to read.”
Additional prizes included water bottles, lanyards, pen sets and ball caps with the DRPS Air Support Unit logo, which were met with great enthusiasm by students. Some lucky students went home with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Kudos to everyone who came and helped out!
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Cst. Paul Hawrychuk hands out e-reader door prizes to lucky students. (JPG file, 118.5K bytes)
Auxiliary officers show students the effects of the fatal vision goggles. (JPG file, 129.8K bytes)
Students learn about the dangers of peer pressure and drugs in high schools from Cst. Adams (JPG file, 138.6K bytes)
Posters made by Grade 5 RAD particpants decorate this DRPS truck. (JPG file, 113.2K bytes)