Here in Cazenovia our community efforts started at Burton Street Elementary school. Every student and staff member proudly wore a Red Ribbon throughout the week to represent our commitment to keep our youth drug and alcohol free.
Fourth graders observe Red Ribbon Week
Our fourth grade students viewed a film that taught them about the effects of alcohol on their developing brain. The film was preceded by four of our senior student athletes from Cazenovia High School Taylor Malmsheimer, Ben Spangler, Allen Baldwin and Raeanne Claybaux, who candidly shared their experiences making healthy choices as students and as an athlete. All four students shared their personal experiences and discussed how making healthy choices has helped them to achieve their goals. The students engaged our fourth graders and portrayed what it truly means to be a mentor to our youth.
Later in the week the fourth grade students planted red tulip bulbs in front of the school by the Burton Street sign. Each student planted a bulb to celebrate their commitment to making healthy choices for themselves and their community. This is the third year that the fourth graders have planted red tulip bulbs and there are now over 500 red tulip bulbs planted in front of Burton Street. Please remember to remind our students what the tulips represent when they see the beautiful display of vibrant red flowers bloom this spring.
College students work with community
On the campus of Cazenovia College, the S.W.A.T. students Caitlin Oswald and Jesus Ramos worked with CAZ ACTION and the Cazenovia College Substance Abuse Committee to provide education and awareness within their community. Oswald and Ramos hung posters in the windows of the dining hall that displayed powerful prevention messages. The posters were created by their peers during a project last April in collaboration with CAZ ACTION.