• Drug Free Conference Celebrates a Quarter Century

    In an era of social media and cell phone cameras, organizers of the 25th Annual Drug Free Youth Conference came up with the perfect tag line; “Keeping my Selfie Drug Free.”

    About 300 District 50 kids participated in the day-long conference on November 22nd at Ranum Middle School. The kids heard motivational messages and participated in workshops and small discussion groups to learn important skills to navigate the difficult teenage years.

    Workshops topics included bullying, dating rights and abuse, suicide prevention as well as drug abuse and addiction.

    During his keynote speech, titled Dreams and Detours, motivational speaker Shaun Derik summed up the message very succinctly. “Success doesn’t happen by accident,” he said. “It happens on purpose.”

    “It’s a fun first step toward attaining a successful healthy lifestyle in the future,” said event organizer Eleaner Scott. She also serves as the Chair of CATT, the Community Awareness Action Team.

    Superintendent Pam Swanson welcomed the students to the event with a bit of humor. She pulled out her camera and took a selfie with Scott. She then delivered a serious message.

    “Taken individually, a selfie is a great way to share a moment with others and it is a wonderful use of technology,” She told the students. “But if you take a step back and pull together all the selfies you have ever taken , it says a lot about who you are and what you value. I hope there are a lot of pictures of you smiling and happy and surrounded by positive people and events. If that’s not the case you should make a change.”

    Posted December 4, 2014