Younger Students Send Notes to Lakota East Prom-Goers Reminders to be Safe, Be a Good Role Model

Younger Students Send Notes to Lakota East Prom-Goers Reminders to be Safe, Be a Good Role Model
This is the image for the news article titled Younger Students Send Notes to Lakota East Prom-Goers Reminders to be Safe, Be a Good Role ModelThe hand-written letter, using rainbow colors of marker, was simple in its statement: “Don’t text and drive; take lots of pictures; make good choices; enjoy your dance; be grateful; Shine on!”

The advice for a high-school student headed to prom sounds simple enough, but it’s the sender who makes the message so poignant – an elementary student reaching out to an older student to remind them to have fun and stay safe.

To help send a message of safety and responsibility to their peers, four seniors at Lakota East enlisted the help of elementary students in the district. Every prom-goer who purchased a ticket was given a note from a younger student.

One of the coordinators, Storm Crook, explained the idea, “Noah Beiting, Samantha Botkin, Rose Middleton and myself are part of the Coalition for a Healthy, Safe and Drug-Free Greater Hamilton. We had heard of the idea of the prom letters from another school and we decided that we wanted to put in into action at East."

Adena, Heritage and Independence elementary and Hopewell Junior schools provided the letters. “There were about at least 400 letters written and we did make copies of some so that we would have enough. Most were from second, fifth, and seventh graders.”

As Eden from Heritage Elementary School included in her note, “Make smart choices and have a safe night! Remember to be the positive role model that me and my friends look up to!”



Students at Adena, Heritage and Independence elementary schools, as well as at Hopewell Junior School, sent notes to prom-goers at Lakota East to remind them to be safe and serve as good role models. A note was given with each prom ticket sold.