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Screen_Shot_2016-04-12_at_8.07.02_PMFor this entire week Corozal Junior College will be celebrating Drug Awareness Week under the theme “Drugs are Bullies Don’t Let Them Destroy Your School Life”.

Today the focus was on alcohol, the most commonly used addictive substance in the country. Two persons were invited to share their testimony with students and their experiences served as an eye opener to the future leaders of the country.

Counselor Elvie Samos – Corozal Junior College

“Drugs is a problem for all of us, it is a problem in our society all over the world and drugs is everybody’s business you know if we are going to mold these young minds here at school then we need to make them aware of everything that is happening and that is why I decided to invite two persons that were on drugs and they shared their testimony with the students and to bring awareness for them that they can make better choices as a matter of fact there is a recent there was a recent research that was done by NDACC that sated that most of our teen drug users are between the ages of 14 and 16 so we need to bring this awareness to our students.”

Now we all know that alcohol, drugs and students don’t mix and this is why parents, teachers, counsellors and even the community play an important role when ti comes to creating awareness.

Counselor Elvie Samos – Corozal Junior College

“There is a saying that says that it takes a village to raise a child and definitely it all goes back to what I said, all stakeholders need to come together, pity is the child that only has one parent to guide them and even more pity the child who has none so the message that I have for families is that we need to come together not only the parents but teachers, counselors, people in the community, we need to come together and mold the minds of these young kids because if we don’t do it then we are going towards the road of destruction.  I believe that it all goes back to the family, many of our families are broken families and these students young teenagers are looking for a place where they can belong, it is by their friend and many at time they make poor choices like consuming drugs, most definitely it affect their future and that is why we have such presentations here at school because here at CJC our motto is in pursuit of excellence and when we look at it we are not looking only at academic excellence but also the emotional excellence and that is why I believe that a counselling program is vital in any institution.”

Retired U.S. School Teacher Deb Cunningham and 51 year old Raymundo Manzanilla who were prisoners to drug and alcohol abuse addressed the students today. Their advice was straight forward….communication between parents and child and focus on one’s aim.

Invited Guests

“I think to make some goals for yourself  and then stay through those goals and try to avoid the things that come on to your life that they might stand in your way and drinking or drug uses definitely one of them having children too young as is one of those just sort to make those goals and avoid those potholes that could really hold you up, to see the impact that it has on family and to keep your family informed of the things that are going on with you and make it a group effort and so everybody has a degree of success regardless of what your goals are.”

Drug Awareness week at CJC began yesterday with a radio talk show and the week will conclude on Friday with a parade through the principal streets of Corozal.

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