Pulaski Students Say No to Drugs

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Students at Pulaski Street Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District culminated a yearlong Riverhead Community Awareness Program anti-drug initiative with a spirited “Say No to Drugs” rally and luncheon on June 1.

The students – wearing “Drug Free Body” shirts – were originally set to march through the streets of Riverhead carrying signs they had inscribed with anti-drug messages, but rainy weather moved the event indoors. With the signs on display, the assembly featured speakers, including State Sen. Kenneth LaValle, who delivered anti-drug messages to an audience of students, staff and administrators. The keynote address was given by Sgt. Sean Cassidy of the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, who has volunteered for CAP’s Pulaski Street Prevention Education Program for the past several years.

Along with the motivational speeches, fifth-grader Owen Karlson was announced as the winner of an anti-drug essay contest sponsored by CAP. He was one of 400 students to submit an entry. 

The event, which is a 33-year tradition, ended with a luncheon provided by the Riverhead Loyal Order of Moose Lodge.