EDITORIAL: Help save the Drug Quiz

— The show must go on.

The Drug Quiz Show is struggling for funds and the community can help. Saving the program is a personal appeal from at least three of our staff members who participated through two different schools in the early 2000s.

The program isn’t just about learning about drugs. It’s about talking to students in middle schools about the social pressures they’ll be experiencing in the coming years. Students between sixth and eighth grades are at their most vulnerable: learning early about society’s pressures is imperative.

What better program exists than the Drug Quiz Show to truly teach the students about these problems? The studying and learning in a fun environment makes for a memorable middle school experience. The topics don’t change or go away once they hit high school or college. If anything, that knowledge base helps cement student’s feet firmly in a world that can quickly become dangerous with drugs, alcohol and important life-decisions.

With each year that passes, more societal pressures are added for kids, increasingly at younger ages. Programs like these should be given highest priority when it comes to keeping them around. We implore the community to reach out and give a helping hand to help save this ever-so-important tradition in our schools.

Pepsi’s Refresh Everything grant program could help save the Drug Quiz Show. We just need you, and everyone you know, to vote for it online at refresheverything.com/drugquizshow, or by texting 110516 to 73774.

Through Dec. 31, you can vote once each day through each method to help save a local institution.

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