LIVINGSTON, NJ — After working all year long with Livingston’s L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) Officers Joy Klapal and Kevin Mullaney, Mt. Pleasant Middle School (MPMS) students held a pizza party with the officers, where two students from each class received a prize in recognition of writing the best L.E.A.D. essays.

All essay winners were also entered into a raffle, and Interim MPMS Principal Andrew Espinosa drew Ava Petrecca’s name to receive a $100 gift card donated by Livingston PBA Local 263.

The students then participated in L.E.A.D. Day, where activities included using “fatal vision” goggles to simulate intoxication while driving pedal carts, K9 Unit demonstrations, speaking with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and a drug information lecture from members of the NJ Army National Guard.

Pictured above with Petrecca, the winner of the contest, are: Sgt. Andrew Ullman; physical education teacher Mike Altomare; Officer Paul Lenzi, president of the PBA; Officer Joy Klapal, Officer Kevin Mullaney, secretary of the PBA; NJ Department of Corrections K9 Officer Daniel Rotondo; and physical education teachers Stephanie Fox and Jessica Blomn.