ROSELLE, NJ - The students at the St. Joseph Carpenter School in Roselle has created their own drug intervention assembly as part of the Lead and Seed initiative they have been working on in their school. Last week the students presented the drug intervention assembly to the 8th-grade class.

On May 11, the students presented the drug prevention messages to the schools fourth through 7th-grade classes.

The students have been planning the assembly that consisted of skits, rap, and a movie, back in January.  Everyone in the crowd was educated on electronic cigarettes, marijuana, prescription medication misuse, alcohol, and tobacco.  At the end of the assembly, the students were all asked to take a pledge to be drug-free by signing a banner that will be placed at the front entrance of the school. 

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Below is a video of the assembly by the students. 

The Lead & Seed program was developed to reduce and prevent underage alcohol consumption, tobacco use, illicit and prescription drug misuse.  Students in the group are able to make changes at the individual and community level by empowering the knowledge and strategies they need to build human, technical, and financial capacities, while also building leadership skills.  

Each month the group meets with Prevention Links (a non-profit agency dedicated to the prevention and recovery of substance misuse) and the Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition. During these meetings, the students come up with innovative activities to raise awareness and prevent substance misuse within the school and Roselle community.  

Funding for the Lead & Seed program is provided through a grant from Union County, Department of Human Services that Prevention Links obtained in 2015.

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