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Posen student leaders hold lock-in event and spirit week to raise awareness for substance abuse

News Photo by Temi Fadayomi Students in Posen’s Students Leading Students organization sit and chat on Feb. 14 about their upcoming Lock-In event to address substance abuse which will be held on Friday. All week, Posen students have shown their support in raising awareness for substance abuse by dressing to the matching theme of each day.

POSEN — The students of Posen Consolidated Schools are looking to address substance abuse at their school by holding a lock-in on Friday.

The lock-in is being hosted by Posen’s Students Leading Students in collaboration with Students Against Destructive Decisions, which turned the entire week into a way to raise awareness for substance abuse.

“The student leaders organization really wanted to work alongside with the SADD organization to expand on their lock-in,” Michelle Wesner, Posen’s superintendent, said. “They wanted to make it an entire week of awareness.”

Each day would have a different theme that students would participate in with a specific meaning related to the danger of substance abuse.

Monday was Grim Reaper Day which included a student from each grade not speaking for the entirety of the day to simulate the impact that the loss of a student due to a substance-related incident would have on the school community.

Tuesday was Dress-up Day to support mental health, saying that their mental health should be at its best, so they should all dress their best.

Wednesday was PJ Day, inviting students to come as they are and be comfortable in their favorite pajamas.

Thursday is Camo Day to represent not hiding their kindness by wearing camouflage attire.

Friday will be the day that the lock-in takes place.

According to Wesner, the purpose of this event is to really hammer home to students the danger substance abuse brings with it while also showing students fun community-based alternatives that show that substance use isn’t necessary.

“Whether it’s with substance abuse like a drunk driver accident, or someone ODs or something like that,” said Wesner. “It can happen in our community and we need to recognize that.”

According to Wesner, participation has been good so far and she is happy with the effort and hard work that Students Leading Students has put into making this event what it is.

“It’s wonderful,” said Wesner. “I think they are providing a great experience for students in reminding them of safe choices throughout the week.”

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