Heights Students Learn to 'Just Say No'

Both Euclid and Lincoln School students take part in activities all week designed to teach them about the dangers of drugs during annual Drug Prevention Week.

In the classrooms of Euclid and Lincoln school this week students are learning all about the dangers of drugs and why it's so important to remember to 'Just Say No.'

Annual Drug Prevention Week kicked off on Monday and activities continue all week concluding with the a big anti-drug rally on Friday where the students at both schools will hear important inspiring messages from the police department heads and other town officials about why it's so important to stay away from drugs.

Each day the students are taking part in a clothing theme, each one symbolizing a special message such as on Monday when students wore pajamas to school to promoting the message "Wake Up Drug Free."

Tuesday students all proudly dressed in the Heights colors of orange and black, spirt wear day, filed into the gym to get an important lesson on how law enforcement does their job in the war against drugs.

Sgt. David Donow and Ptl Ken Keenan of the Bergen County Police K-9 Unit brought their dogs Shango and Khan to show the students the very important role they play in finding the bad guys.

There are 13 dogs in the BCPD K-9 unit, 2 trained to be able to sniff out arson and the others are either trained to sniff out bombs or narcotics. The students enjoyed watching the dogs obey their commands in order to get their treat, a piece of hot dog.

Also watched with excitement as the officers showed how they train the dogs are trained to tug and bite in order to apprehend someone when on a mission, which they demonstrated gently by having one of the officers wear a fake padded arm casing.

Additional activities this week include the Jump Rope for Heart event Wednesday and on Thursday evening at the high school gym the fifth grade students of both schools will graduate the D.A.R.E. program.

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