On Friday, Nov. 15, three essay winners from Locust Fork School’s, “Too Good for Drugs” program read their winning essays in front of classmates, friends, parents, and teachers. Winners Katie Cleveland, Katelyn Sweatt, and Lynnleigh Tawbush were presented with medals and congratulated by Blount County Sheriff’s deputy Jason Hollingsworth.
Afterwards the fifth grade classes were presented with certificates for graduating the “Too Good for Drugs” program. As each name was called, the students received their certificates and shook hands with Sheriff Mark Moon, Blount County District Judge Sherry Burns, Lt. Russ Clayburn, and principal Amy Williamson. A reception given by the Locust Fork Elementary PTSO followed the ceremony.
Deputy Hollingsworth told students how proud he was of them saying, “We make a big deal out of this because you are our future. We are depending on you and today is a big commitment that you are taking in front of everyone. I’m very proud of you.” He encouraged them to always remember what was talked about in the program. He spoke to parents and said to them, “You are the most important and influential person in your child’s life. ‘Too Good for Drugs’ does not start at school, it starts at home. Studies show that parents who talk to their kids about drugs are less likely to use drugs.”
The “Too Good for Drugs” program has 10 lessons with several topics. It starts with setting goals. Other topics are team building, communication, making mistakes, and working together as a team. At the very end of the program, there is an essay lesson. This gives students the opportunity to write about what they have learned in the program and why it’s important to them.