Rosamond Elementary School has been named a model site for the Chiefs of Police National Drug Task Force and is involving administrators, students, teachers and parents in an anti-drug promotion that will last through May.
Each class has been asked to take on a special anti-drug project, said Principal Peggy Sorensen. Second graders, for instance, are writing to people of note throughout the United States and inviting them to be role models for students in the matter of drug abuse.Students, along with their heros and leaders, are being asked to pledge to be drug-free and to take the message to their communities. Students who make the pledge have the right to purchase and wear the official "Champions Against Drugs" emblem.
The school is fostering "natural highs" as a substitute for drug abuse - helping students find ways to feel good about themselves through good pupil/teacher relationships and healthy activities.
Parents have been involved in meetings. The total-community involvement is intended to get people talking openly about drug abuse, Sorensen said. Her theory is that taking away the "forbidden fruit" appeal of drugs will help children make better choices.
Sorensen's son is associated with the National Association of Chiefs of Police in Washington, D.C., and was instrumental in getting the Rosamond School into the model schools program. The Jordan District school is the first in the country to promote the association's program, Going Straight, and to wear its insignia.
Diane Ellingson, University of Utah gymnast who was seriously injured in an accident, will speak to the students on April 25. On May 18, the school will be host for a day of events that will include a visit by Severin Sorensen of the national association. Also on the program will be Gov. Norm Bangerter. A walk/run will be led by wheelchair athlete Curt Brinkman and skier Darol Wagstaff.