EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - For the 2019-2020 school year The East Brunswick Police Department has been implementing an unparalleled prevention education and character development program for all fifth graders called “Too Good for Drugs.”  The Prevention Education program plants seeds of healthy eating and healthy living. The curriculum and material is provided by the Mendez Foundation. This evidence-based, skill building program makes a positive impact on the students, teachers, parents and the community. The ten-week program is comprised of 10 lessons. The first five lessons are Skill Development and the second five are Skill Application.

According to the "Too Good for Drugs website, ""At the elementary school level, additional skills and developmental topics build on the core skill set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence.  Lesson designs are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student.  Interactive games and activities help students visualize and apply the strategies and skills directly so they can begin to apply them in their daily life right away. These additional concepts include:

  • Managing Mistakes and Disappointment
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Understanding Peer Influence
  • Making Healthy Choices

The East Brunswick Police Department asks that the parents/guardians of all fifth graders from Lawrence Brook, Memorial, Bowne-Munro and Chittick Elementary Schools please attend our first LEAD Appreciation Night. The event will be held at the Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center, which is located inside Hammarskjold Middle School (200 Rues Lane East Brunswick, NJ 08816) from 7pm to 8pm on Monday, January 27.
"Please make every effort to attend, as we would like to say thank you to all the students, parents and guardians. We also would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all the faculty and staff for adjusting their schedules to accommodate this program," says a report issued by the EBPD today.