During the first week of December, state Rep. Robert Rita’s staff presented “Elementary School Students in the Drug World” for the third- through eighth-grade students at Wendell Smith Elementary School in Chicago.
“It is my goal,” said Rita, “to provide additional resources and opportunities to educate our children about the pitfalls of using drugs.”
Topics covered in the presentation included the following: why elementary school students use and don’t use drugs; what happens to the brain of these students when they use drugs; how fast students can become addicted to drugs; and how students can discuss drug use with someone.
Laura Rose, school counselor, said the presentation was not only informative and interactive but entertaining as well.
Danny Romeo, staff member for Rita, said that children as young as 8 to 12 years old are starting to experiment with drugs and that everyone should use every opportunity to educate them about the dangers of drug use.
School officials can schedule the anti-drug presentation, which lasts an hour and is suitable for students in high school, middle school and elementary school.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, call Rita’s office at (708) 396-2822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.