Lord Baltimore Elementary School students in the fourth and fifth grades will have the opportunity to participate in a Youth Summit on Nov. 7, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s education division.
The event is also being supported by the Lions Club of Bethany Beach, the Ocean View Police Department, Sussex Central High School’s International Baccalaureate Program, Indian River High School students and atTAcK Addiction of Delaware.
The all-day summit will focus on creating awareness and conversations surrounding substance use disorders. The agenda will include the topics of body, mind and health promotion; safety and impact of drug use; community services; and general drug, alcohol and tobacco knowledge.
Activities will also include a spinning wheel question-and-answer game, presentations by a hip-hop fundamentals group, K9 demonstrations by the Ocean View Police Department and small group discussions with leadership students in the community as well as representatives of multiple community organizations. The event will follow a week of school-wide drug and alcohol discussions during Red Ribbon Week.
Parents are also invited to attend an educational program sponsored by the DEA at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Lord Baltimore cafeteria, 120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View. The DEA will discuss how drugs, alcohol and tobacco affect families and the local community and what parents can do to keep their kids safe. atTAcK Addiction will also have an educational trailer for parents to view entitled “Right Before Your Eyes.” Due to the nature of these discussions, parents are encouraged to come without their children. However, childcare and entertainment will be provided for children in the event that they must accompany their parents. Lord Baltimore Elementary encourages parents to take advantage of this important educational opportunity.