To The Daily Sun,
The Belmont High School PTO, together with BHS Student Assistance Program Counselor, hosted a wonderfully successful drug awareness event on Thursday, April 21. "It Takes a Village: Our Community Drug Epidemic" was well attended by more than 150 people, including parents, staff, students and community members. We thank everyone who came out to help make a difference in our communities.
We would like to thank our panelists for their expertise on our drug epidemic: Dr. Paul Racicot, medical director of the Nathan Brody Program for Chemical Dependency at Horizons Counseling; Kelly Gaspa, Winnisquam Regional Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator for the Partnership for Public Health; Nate Walter, a courageous young man in recovery; Corey Gately, LRGH Recovery Substance Abuse Counselor; Jacqui Abikoff, executive director of Horizons Counseling; Officer Evan Boulanger, K-9 and drug recognition expert for Belmont Police Department; and Darcy Ess, a courageous mom who lost her son to a drug overdose and has been instrumental in starting the Belmont-Canterbury coalition It Takes a Community.
We would like to send special thanks to those brave audience members who shared their struggles and the struggles of their families in dealing with addiction and recovery. What a powerful impact this had on everyone who attended.
We also owe a debt of gratitude to the local businesses who helped BHS PTO provide a free meal of pizza, salad, desserts and beverages. Brookside Pizza II of Belmont, there are no words to thank you for your amazing generosity of 33 free pizzas and salad. Other big "Thank-Yous" go to Coca-Cola Bottling, Belmont; Annie's Café and Catering, Laconia; Laconia Village Bakery, Laconia; Shaw's, Belmont; The 99, Tilton; Gourmet by Design, Canterbury; and Petals in the Pines, Canterbury. A big thank you goes out to The Home Beautiful in Belmont for their generous cash donation toward the cost of this event.
Thank you to Melcher & Prescott in Laconia for displaying a reminder about our event on their electronic sign.
And thank you to Superintendent Maria Dreyer for her personal donation of three gift cards for our door prize raffle.
We are planning another special It Takes a Village evening in October. Please look for more information on this event in September. It is through our community awareness that we can all make a difference. It is a battle for the lives of our loved ones.
Belmont High School PTO Board
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