Students at Havelock High and New Bern High signed the Prom Pledge presented to them on Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of pressures they will face at prom this weekend. CCSAP and Craven County Task Force members set up a large banner for students to sign in addition to a small pledge they could take with them to remember their promise. On the back of the prom pledge was a list of tips to remember in an effort to say no to drugs and alcohol.
Some students walked by, but many stopped to read the pledge and sign. It read:
I recognize there are consequences for every decision I make. I promise not to drink alcohol or use drugs, because I know they are both harmful and illegal for me to use. I promise to call my parent/guardian for a ride if I feel unsafe. I commit to living in a safe and healthy way. I promise to always wear a seatbelt, not text while driving and to never ride with an impaired driver.
We even heard from students who just wanted to talk about tragedies that are unfolding around them every day. One student shared that he lost his brother just this week to a drug overdose. Another found out that his mom’s friend had died of alcoholism.
It’s stories like this that encourage us to push forward for this cause–preventing substance abuse before it ever starts. We are making an impact! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with this prom pledge drive. We look forward to visiting West Craven High School in May.