DECA’s community service efforts extend far beyond the classroom
Like most things going on here at South, the Rx Project was concieved and carried out by students.
“It basically started out as an idea,” said Kendrick White.
Then his fellow DECA members, Colleen Scarborough and Alexis Mikulich attended a few meetings until they received a proclaimation that stated Riverside’s offical Prescription Drug Awareness Week. White was brought into the picture when he gave a speech about the Rx project, and was asked to become their speaker.
“We were origionally brought the idea by the Park Hill Community Alliance for Youth and then we just went with it,” said Scarborough.
She went on to say that they sent in a request to the Mayor and Governer to get a proclaimation and after a month or so, they were contacted and granted the proclaimation.
Along with the proclaimation they recieved, which had been signed by both the Mayor of Riverside and the Governor of Missouri, they were given a budget of $2500 to spend on getting the word out.
So far, DECA has purchased a billboard, recieved professionally designed posters and made shooting shirts for the Basketball team to wear during their game on Feb. 18.
“We even talked to Lakeveiw,” White said. “We want to get the word out so everyone knows just how dangerous these pills are.”
Drug programs, such as D.A.R.E., don’t express how dangerous for your health abusing prescription drugs is. Abuse of perscriptions are just as harmful to you as mainstream drugs are, if not even more harmful.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that prescription drug abuse of stimulants led to 23 percent of them experience depression. Additionally, prescription drug abuse is linked with delinquent behavior and with experimenting with illegal drugs. So, even if you aren’t using illegal drugs at the time, you may end up using them in the end.
DECA students didn’t do this for the glory and they didn’t do it to win awards; they did it to keep the students safe. So remember: every time you see one of those posters in the hallway, or a Rx Project t-shirt on a teacher, they did it for you.