At the Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse) are hosting a Walk-a-Thon called "Walking Away From Substance Abuse."
“The VAASA Walk-A-Thon is a community activity and fundraising event for VAASA. The signs will be along the walk and individuals will be able to read facts on the dangers of Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs,” said Bogdanowich.
There will be sign up sheets for those who want to walk and sponsorship sheets for those who would like to sponsor a walker. Bogdanowich credits Nanuet Student Andrew Weiss for coming up with the idea.
“He created the idea and I worked with him to iron out the specifics. He is a Junior leader for the group,” she said.
The walk will be at the same place as the festival—the Nanuet Outdoor Education Center, formerly the St. Agatha grounds.
The walk starts at 2 p.m. and those interested can register with Marie Bogdanowich, of RCADD (Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence, Inc.) and VAASA director at Nanuet HS: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I'm very proud of Marie to attract students because it's difficult to reach out to this age group,” said Ruth Bowles, Executive Director of RCADD.
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The Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse is Facilitating a Walk-a-Thon during the Family Festival Day run by the Family Resource Center on June 2.
While walking, the participants will be educated on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through posted signs created by the students in the organization.
Sports and fitness are an important part of every person’s life because it leads to a healthier lifestyle. Physical activity can help keep individuals from making destructive decisions. Exercise occupies one’s time and gives the individual an excuse to not fall into peer pressure. Sports are a great way to meet people as well. We value sports teams because they provide an excellent support network.
VAASA has combined the Walk-a-Thon with the education of substance because we feel they go hand in hand. The purpose of the Walk-a-Thon is to educate everyone on the dangers of substance abuse. We know that peer pressure can be hard to avoid and we know that it can be very tempting to give into. The more the community knows about the dangers of peer pressure, we will be better prepared to handle a situation. Please make a commitment to yourself by signing the agreement and participating in the walk to support VAASA.