Drug and alcohol awareness workshop for students, parents set for April 10

To the Editor:

Over the past year, the town of Bedford has raised the bar and has become a recognized state leader in the fight against substance abuse. Our progress continues with this next important step to which you are invited. It is titled "Break the Silence!"

This is an invitation for all students in grades 4-12, and their parents and grandparents to attend a workshop on drugs and alcohol. The evening will be supportive, frank and educational for all.

It is being held on Sunday, April 10, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bedford Presbyterian Church.

Sponsors of the event are Bedford Presbyterian Church, BeBold, Bedford Police Department, and the Bedford School District.

There will be three concurrent break-out workshops. Sgt. Jessica Humphrey, who has served as a school resource officer with the Bedford Police Department, will lead a discussion group for students in grades 4-6 and their parents about the necessity for and benefits of early family communication when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

Teens in grades 7-12 will be in another session which will cover making good choices and talking with friends about drugs and alcohol. This session is being led by members of the BeBold Team, a new and talented community coalition.

Police Chief John Bryfonski will lead the third workshop and talk with the parents of students in Grades 7-12 about the importance of continuous communication with your children when it comes to substance abuse. There will be a brief and succinct wrap-up at evening’s end, which will include all the participants.

Help us continue the fight to keep Bedford drug free and our children safe. Please make plans to attend this important event – for your family, for the children of our community, and for those who struggle with addiction. Together, we can break the silence and make a difference.

For more information contact John Sawyer at 472-5841 or Jim Scanlon at 289-5206.

Pastor John Sawyer
Bedford Presbyterian Church

Jim Scanlon