Port Chester Businesses Support Effort to Keep Kids Off Drugs and Alcohol

Five PCHS students won prizes for their messages against using drugs and alcohol.

Thank you to the Port Chester Cares Community Coalition for submitting this information: A new community initiative designed to increase high school students’ awareness of   the negative effects of alcohol and drug use is gaining support from businesses in Port Chester. 

This month, Port Chester Cares Community Coalition in collaboration with Port Chester High School and Open Door Family Medical Center  implemented Red Ribbon Week for the first time at Port Chester High School.

Each day throughout the week of Dec. 3, the campaign focused on the consequences of abusing a different substance. For example, the Monday focus was alcohol; Tuesday, tobacco; Wednesday, over the counter and prescription drugs and steroids, and Thursday, marijuana. On Friday, the campaign culminated in a photo contest in which students showed photos they took of themselves in front of “negative influences” such as alcohol or tobacco holding a sign that says “I am above the influence of ___________” (this drug). Winners in three different contest categories won a free pair of sunglasses.

Among the businesses supporting the Red Ribbon campaign are Cousin Frankie’s USA Grill, Chop’t Creative Salad Co., Marini’s Deli, LA Fitness, A.I. Friedman, Bar Taco and Modells. 

“When I started looking for potential sponsors for Red Ribbon Week, I expected to receive a fair number of denials. But I have found the opposite to be true,” notes Chelsea Bodansky, Coordinator of the Port Chester Cares Community Coalition. “This is a community where people have seen enough drug abuse and want to be part of the positive change that is taking place in this town.”

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Week in honor of Enrique Camarena, who in 1985 was working as an undercover DEA agent in Mexico. Camarena was tortured and killed while investigating a major drug cartel. In honor of his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin.

The Port Chester Cares Community Coalition recently received the fifth year of funding of a five-year, highly competitive $125,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.   

Over the past four years, the Coalition has seen a reduction in overall high-risk youth behavior. These changes include a reduction in binge drinking and 30-day alcohol use by 8th through 12th-graders attending Port Chester High School. 

cindy white December 18, 2012 at 01:31 AM
As for MM11 ,u r VERY ingorant as well as racist !! What ,r u kidding me pot been around & used way b4 MR OBAMA!! Ur a hater,u people just throw MrPrez mlname in any& everything! Just like u all throw every other black! Those drugs and all drugs been getting here by all the white presidents&rich folk flying it over to their lil resorts properties then ...make $ ur an butt wipe!
cindy white December 18, 2012 at 01:41 AM
As for jccoyote..prison is not the answer,and half of u people making comments as such should know thatit doesn't help to throw people in prison!! Rehalbilation is need long term instead of jail sentaence ..sentence them to rehabs for that length of time & goverment still makes their $,bcuz that's all they care about! Another,thing half of u people do drugs urself pillpoppers ,it starts w ur children who live in hill who has access to unlimited mount of cash,and parents who r too famn busy! This is a good thing for children,bcuz parents hide and shelter them then they get out there and its that one curious kid..out of every group! So,watch ur own kids..u judge and its gonna b ur kid strung out,bcuz u seem to think it can't and won't b...lol,god has the finally say!! Also,these priest and sick physco family members touching them ,its reasons bhind majority of the users!! Get to source not taxpayers wallets!
JCCOYOTE December 18, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Cindy, I wasn't talking about throwing people that are addicts in jail for longer terms. I was talking about drug dealers. I know there are help programs for addicts if they want the help.
MM11 December 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Cindy, My post was satire. I thought that would have been apparent when I suggested Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, the most powerful nation on earth, was taking the time to evaluate the results of training at two competing PC gyms, however it appears that I deceived you and for that I apologize.
cindy white December 27, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Jccoyote..yes, there r programs but some people demons r stronger than others!! Don't get twisted,there's people who get high bcuz the were turned to it young &have no hope ,disfunctional family!My point is majority of these people picked up have been on drugs for yrs ,and if u test every one arrestted they would've found drugs of some kind!! I know all of these people by a family member friend watching them as I grewand watching many of the younger ones grow! Its sad ,bcuz they don't get it pc full wannabes ,no one has common sense making sales to any and every $ ,mainly someone u ain't ever seen bfore! I pray for them ,I can't judge bcuz neva know what changes may come into ur life...WE'RE not GOD ,so judge not pray instead!


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