A classroom at La Jara Elementary School comes alive with chants and applause as a group of Centauri High School students lead a rap song they wrote about addiction, “lions and tigers and bears oh my, drinking and smoking and drugs goodbye! “
It is a special moment as school district administrators and teachers look on with excitement, hope and pride.
The majestic mountains that surround Colorado’s San Luis Valley symbolize the strength of those living in it’s beautiful communities.
They are fighting for the survival of their young, refusing to let the nationwide opioid epidemic dictate how “their” story will end.
The North Conejos School District is ground zero of this strategic battle, where students from Centauri High School are working with the district superintendent to empower kids in kindergarten and elementary school and shield them from the dangers of addiction.
Superintendent Curt Wilson says peer-to-peer outreach is an excellent way to get through to children. Utilizing the influence of those they look up to, like high school athletes, is even better, “It is good to hear from our own students that not everybody’s doing (drugs) and there are people who are staying clean and staying away from that stuff.” Wilson goes on to explain that the plan is based on “a proactive approach to stop the problem before it begins.”
The students put on a presentation that is creative, engaging, unique, clever and extremely well produced.
A Q & A session checks the young audience’s knowledge of over the counter drugs found around the house, like cough syrup.
The Anderson twins put on a skit, featuring an impression of a young man suffering from symptoms of addiction, other students point out how staying on the right track means being able to compete in sports and enjoy “the good life”.
Centauri student Tona Lavadour says they want the children to understand that “drugs…