Pulaski Street Elementary School students, in Riverhead, participated in a Riverhead Community Awareness Program on Friday, June 7. The 34th annual Say No To Drugs program included a march that began at the school, headed south on Roanoke Avenue, west on 2nd Street, and returned back to the school. Each student marched wearing a white and orange “Drug Free Body” shirt as they carried signs with anti-drug messages.
The community rallied in support of students growing up in an educational environment without drugs or alcohol.
The march was followed by a ceremony honoring Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon. Sheriff Toulon was inducted as Suffolk County’s 67th Sheriff on January 1, 2018, and was the county’s “first African-American to be elected to a non-judicial countywide office,” according to the sheriff’s office website. Toulon delivered a keynote speech to the students, staff, and administrators, aiming to eradicate the drug epidemic in the area. As a two-time cancer survivor, his personal battles have become inspirational to others to live a clean, healthy lifestyle.
A picnic followed, provided by the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1742. The event culminated a yearlong CAP Say No to Drugs Program, an anti-drug initiative.