Elementary-school students to participate in drug summit

About 200 students in fourth and fifth grades at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will participate in a day-long Youth Drug Summit on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Topics during the event, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include health of young bodies and minds, safety, impact of drug use, community services and knowledge about drug and alcohol use.

Students will be divided into four groups and a special agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration and an honor society student from Sussex Central High School will be assigned to each group, as well as teachers.

Among activities planned are a presentation by the DEA and honor society students, Spinning Wheel question-and-answer game, impairment demonstration, hip-hop dance instruction highlighting healthy bodies and minds, and a K-9 demonstration by the Ocean View Police Department.

Small group discussions are also scheduled, with leadership students in the community and representatives from several community organizations.

That evening, at 6 p.m., parents are being invited to attend an educational session sponsored by the DEA.

While the parents are being encouraged to attend without children. If that isn’t possible, childcare and entertainment will be provided for youngsters. And light refreshments will be served.

For parents, DEA representatives will discuss how the impact of drugs, alcohol and tobacco affects families and the local community, and how parents can keep children safe. A resources table will be on display, providing drug education and prevention materials.

The organization Attack Addiction will present the trailer for the film “Right Before Your Eyes.”

The youth summit is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration Philadelphia Field Division Community Outreach Section, Ocean View Police Department, Sussex Central High School’s International Baccalaureate Program, Attack Addiction of Delaware and Lions Club of Bethany Beach.

Paul Bolton of the Lions Club said members wanted to “support everyone and everything to help with this opioid problem.”

“Kids are so vulnerable at this age. It’s a lot easier to prevent than to cure,” he said.


By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter