During the past two weeks SAFE Coalition Coordinator, Heidi Bainbridge, visited the classrooms of the fifth graders at the Harmony and Van Buren elementary centers and worked with them to write an important letter to one of our high school seniors as part of the “Dear Senior”project, a safety promotion project put on by the Van Buren SAFE Coalition.
Using knowledge and skills learned from Mrs. Bainbridge and the faculty and staff of the school district, each fifth grader asked the senior receiving their letter to go through graduation season free of alcohol and/or other drugs and to remember that young children view older students as important role models.
The letter will be delivered to each Senior during the month of May. Each letter is valuable to the project’s purpose and each speaks with a unique voice to the senior who receives it.
Another copy of the child’s letter has been saved to be given back during graduation of their own senior year. In this way, the current fifth grader’s own advice will come back to them. We hope this message from themselves will help them remember and rethink their own best interests and choose not to use alcohol or drugs during the important times of their last year in high school and beyond.
If you have any questions about the “Dear Senior” Project please feel free to contact the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412.