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