‘Find Your Anti Drug’ Day
MUNCY – The Youth Development Task Force of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition distributed 700 tee shirts through SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). During the last two weeks members went to all high schools within Lycoming County and gave out approximately 75 to 80 shirts to each school. Muncy received 75 according to Mallory Hafer, SADD advisor and Learning Support teacher.
In the meantime, the students mounted a large poster in the cafeteria, and for a week the students would voluntarily write their name and favorite anti-drug of choice. That is, what kept them from doing drugs in the first place. The poster revealed a lot of sports and art activities, doing creative things such as drawing and painting. Some liked singing or playing the drums, while others preferred basketball, or rode their four wheelers.
After signing the poster each student was eligible to receive one of the tee-shirts. Since more than 75 staff members and students signed the poster, Hafer said there was a random drawing as to whom was going to be able to wear the tee shirts on Friday. “Some teachers and students got the shirts based on the raffle,” replied Hafer.
Superintendent, Dr. Portia Brandt was pleased to announce that a Muncy High School student designed the tee shirt. Connor McLaughlin, a junior, entered his design and won through a contest along with Dillon Rockoff from Loyalsock High School. Wearing their tee shirts Connor said that he and Dillon gave a presentation to the SADD groups Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 a.m. at the PA Department of Health.
The project involved the students and created an awareness to make good decisions, to take away the negative, and enforce the positive. All agreed this was also a good way to promote unused drug day which was held on Saturday, April 27. Several 15 gallon garbage bags of unused drugs were collected by the Muncy Borough and Hughesville Borough Police Departments. According to Officer Houseknecht in Hughesville, many people just leave them in their medicine cabinet for easy access. Now the Drug Enforcement Agency has found a solution for residents to dispose of them properly.