Norwalk students praise Drug Free Clubs of America program

Cary Ashby • Feb 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Nearly 40 percent of the Norwalk Middle School student body has volunteered to participate in the Drug Free Clubs of America.

Eighth-grader Morgan Leber said the incentive-based program allows her “a way to say no” to drugs and helps her address peer pressure.

Seventh-grade student Hailey Rinner also addressed the Norwalk school board and the students, parents and staff members who attended the regular board meeting Tuesday.

“A whole bunch of my friends wished they had joined at the beginning of the year,” she said.

Students remain members of Drug Free Clubs of America by passing random drug screens. The results aren’t shared with school officials.

Principal Gary Swartz said the club helps students choose a “clean lifestyle” and make good choices.

“It’s a great program,” he added.

Less than one-third of the students at Norwalk High School participate in Drug Free Clubs of America.

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