Townhall IIs PANDA Night tops Area students spent day learning that drug free is the fun way

Cecil Giltz Published:

A TOADally Drug Free Night provided a chance for more than 120 area students to learn about being drug free and have fun as well when Townhall II recently held its third annual PANDA Night at Willyard Elementary School in Ravenna.

Students from James A. Garfield Intermediate and Middle schools in Garrettsville; Stanton Middle School in Kent; Rootstown Middle School; Brown Middle, Rausch Intermediate and Ravenna High schools in Ravenna participated in the nine-hour event.

Decorations, a T-shirt and goodie bag for each participant went into making the learning experience a time that everyone enjoyed.

PANDA, which stands for Prevent and Neutralize Drug and Alcohol Abuse, is an after school club that teaches students to be drug free through speakers, activities, and role-playing. Many clubs involve students within their community through different community service projects. Students also participate in a weekend camp that students from other counties also attend.

PANDA Night students met new friends, listened to a drug and alcohol prevention play put on by Spotlight on Youth in Canton, played games, participated in skits performed by Ravenna High school Teen Institute, watched a magician with a drug free message and attended a dance.

The months of planning were definitely worth it, according to Rachel Krych, an alcohol and drug prevention specialist at Townhall II.

This has been our best PANDA Night yet. Its great for kids to see that they are not the only ones out there TOADally Drug free, she said.

Among area merchants making donations to PANDA Night were Porters IGA of Garrettsville, Sicilianos Pizzaria of Ravenna, Premier Screening of Kent, and McDonalds of Ravenna.

A big thank you to Willyard Elementary School for letting us use their building, Krych added.

For more information about this program, contact Krych or Amanda Patton at (330) 678-3006.

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