Last Thursday, December 5th, at the Evans Town Hall, fifth graders from Highland Elementary participated in decorating the town’s Drive Safe Tree with ornaments made by the students in the district. With December being National Impaired Driving Prevention month, each ornament represents a child’s wish that the adults in their life refrain from driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol this holiday season. After each student placed an ornament on the tree, Mr. Creech lead the students in singing some holiday songs to spread some Christmas cheer!
Special thanks goes to Mrs. Colleen Politowski, principal at Highland, and Mrs. Beth Farrell, school counselor at Highland, for their help in coordinating the event. Thank you to the 5th grade teachers at Highland for making time in their schedule for the event. (Jody Schmidle, Gina Hackbarth and Katherine Caboot). Thank you to town supervisor Mary Hosler for hosting us.
Here are just a few of the pictures from the event
Red Ribbon week is celebrated October 23-31 in honor of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena who was killed in 1985 by drug lords.
Every year WNY United leads the schools in participating in Red Ribbon events around the county. We produce the Red Ribbon Mailer which is mailed to mailed schools all over WNY with ideas on how to participate in Red Ribbon week. Specifically our partner schools work with the Prevention Specialists to make the week memorable and a learning opportunity for their students. All Buffalo Public schools works with our Program Director through the SRLP (Student Responsibility Leadership Program) and using our Red Ribbon Mailer to make it a District Wide Event!
This year in our partner schools we completed the following:
This year the 8th Grade LIT retreat was held at the Park School. LIT teams from #27, #18, #67, #72, #43, #80, #93, Maryvale, #74, #95 and Lake Shore all spent the beautiful fall day reuniting, completing community service projects and conquering a ropes course.
All students participated in two community service projects which included making fleece blankets for Veterans at the VA hospital, as well as Veterans Day cards to present.
They ventured outside to explore the grounds and to conqueror the low ropes course on campus. They were challenged to complete the "Mohawk Walk". The Mohawk Walk is series of foot cables strung between trees or poles, typically in a zig zag pattern. The object is to get the entire group from the first tree to the last without touching the ground, and without the aid of foreign objects (sticks, rope, etc).
We finished the day with lunch from 716 Fresh.
It was a busy, fun, fulfilling day for our 8th Grade LIT leaders who left knowing a little bit more about team work and leadership.
What amazing, talented and Drug Free students we have here in Western New York!
Thank You to all of the students who took the time to create, demonstrate and submit their Healthy Choices works of art. A special thank you to the teachers, counselors, schools and parents who support the students and our contest. And of course a huge thank you to Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham Attorneys for sponsoring this contest!
Our Prevention Specialists and Administrative team had the task of judging the pieces of work based on creativity, clarity of the message and craftsmanship. These winning pieces will be displayed in our Drive Safe Forest at the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights, from November 29 until December 23 in the NYS Police Building on the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
WNY United and Rupp Basse Pflazgraf Cunningham Attorneys are proud to sponsor the 209 Art & Poetry Contest for all kids in Western New York.
Get all the rules and details here!
Don't delay, all original artwork must be received by November 13, 2019.
The 2019 Red Ribbon Mailer will be hitting the mailboxes early next week, but for those who can't wait, the Red Ribbon Mailer is on our website. Simply click the link and it will take you right to it!
Don't forget to complete the coloring activity to "Join The Drug Free Team" with Buster Bison and earn a ticket to the Red Ribbon Game this coming Spring! All the instructions are in the flyer!
How will you celebrate Red Ribbon? Need ideas? Read on to see how many schools in WNY celebrate!
This summer was the debute for our Leadership Into Tomorrow Program (LIT2). Which was created for 8th grade students who are entering their freshman year.
The LIT2 Summer Program was filled with over 40 youth leaders, some prior Leaders In Training and others nominated by their schools based on the leadership skills they exhibited. As students throughout the Buffalo School District they were able to come together as leaders from their respective schools and work along side new leaders they're to meet in their new high schools, thus creating early friendships and connections before even the first day of school. During the five week summer program leaders where able to express themselves through fun packed curriculum in Economics for Success, Too Good for Violence, Math, ELA, and Student Voice. Each session was guided based on the leaders' own interest in career opportunities, student concerns, educational goals and the like.
Each week our leaders' hard work was rewarded with mid-week catered lunch and a Friday field trip to help celebrate the job well done. The field trips were designed to give the leaders an opportunity to explore WNY. They visited Niagara Falls, The Lockport Locks and Cave Tour, Canal side, and Holiday Valley Aerial Park.
Though we set high standards for our leaders they provided their best efforts to meet them and it showed as the weeks progressed leaving us with a bittersweet end of Summer Program. We will miss our first LIT2 group to complete Summer Program but we are excited to see what they will accomplish come their Freshmen year as leaders.
This program was created in partnership with the Independent Health Foundation and funded through Senator Chris Jacobs Office, The Cullen Foundation and Oishei Foundation.
The 15th Annual Robert E. Rich Memorial Drive Against Drugs Golf Tournament was held on Monday, August 5 at the beautiful Orchard Park Country Club for the second year.
124 golfers from all over the community competed in scramble format on a beautiful summer day. Golfers enjoyed a delicious lunch cooked by Orchard Park Country Club chefs before play started and enjoyed an amazing dinner and dessert in the clubhouse following their round of golf.
According to the golfers, it was the best tournament they had been to all summer! The event was a successful tournament raising more than $18,000 in net revenue for the WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse Foundation. The golfers donated over $6,000 of the revenue, in raffles, contests on the course, 50/50, and silent auctions which included Buffalo sports paraphernalia & tickets, many special Buffalo themed items and attraction tickets and other items donated by various local businesses. All proceeds from the tournament go towards supporting the agency’s programming.
First place was once again determined by “Match of Cards” between Alliance Advisory Group and Erin Burch Nutrition teams. Alliance Advisory Group comprised of Jon Sheldon, Jack Gray, Bob Fashano and Mark Majewski with a score of 57 beat out last years winners from Erin Burch Nutrition. The “Most Honest” team for a second year in a row was the team comprised of Carolos Cacador, Kathy Zika, Joan Stockman and Scott Perry. The longest drive was won by Jeff Thiele and the Closest to the Pin went to Vinny Lazzara at 4’9” inches.
Returning for the second year was the air cannon golf ball launcher brought to us by Epic Auction Events! Each golfer could shoot the launcher for a chance at the closest to pin on hole #11 and Rod Christie won at 15’9”.
Thank you to Consumer’s Beverages for donating beverages to keep our golfers cool on the course!
The tournament could not be held without the generosity and support of the sponsors or the hard work of the golf committee. Thank you to co-chairs John Lunn & Bob Gauchat and the rest of the committee; Urmas Lupkin, Steve Barber, Alvino Battistoni, Mike Klima, Jim Mize, Jay Rich, Dan Sarzynski, and Kate Chudoba. Also a thank you to the volunteers who came out and helped make the tournament run smoothly!
A special thank you goes out to our gold sponsor Greene & Associates for their 9 straight years of support as the gold sponsor!