Red Ribbon Week: Teaching Kids a Natural High
Thursday, October 25, 2012 • 8:29pm
Was it a bird, a plane … Superman doing a backflip over Heritage Middle School in Livingston on October 23? Actually BMX stunt riders teaching kids the importance of a safe, energetic and drug-free lifestyle without sacrificing thrills.
Part of the special Red Ribbon Week events taking place at all Livingston Public Schools, the bicyclists performed hair-rising stunts, including jumping over teachers brave enough to take part in the show.
Red Ribbon Week is the most visible time of year for substance abuse prevention efforts, and the Perfection on Wheels daredevils delivered a thrilling message.
At Heritage, the riders talked to students about reaching their goals while living drug and alcohol free – flipping and soaring on bikes to literally to show kids a natural high.
“It is the District’s goal that these programs will change the hearts and minds of kids on how they perceive drugs, and at the same time encourage them to say ‘no’ to drugs and ‘yes’ to their natural high,” said Tina Renga, Director of Guidance for Livingston Public Schools.
“It is important for students to recognize that people with extraordinary talent and commitment to their passion (evidenced by the BMX stunt riders) -- even the heroes they look up to -- live clean, healthy lives,” Renga said. “We encourage all kids to explore natural highs and proclaim their own.”