Boyden-Hull STORM team visits elementary

Posted October 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm


students during ‘Red Ribbon Week’

In the spirit of “Red-Ribbon Week,” the Boyden-Hull STORM team visited elementary classrooms Wednesday, Oct. 22. The STORM team is a peer helper organization whose mission is to talk about drugs, alcohol, bullying, etc. The team helps out the school in a positive manner and teaches younger students about appropriate behavior. Interactive games were played and the kids were shown various demonstrations. Each classroom was involved in a different activity with different STORM team members.

Red-Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated to preserve the memory of Special Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who lost his life after working undercover against a major drug cartel in Mexico. Red-Ribbon Week also furthers the cause he gave his life for. Red Ribbons have become the symbol for clubs all over the U.S. who support Camarena’s and others’ efforts against drugs. By wearing a red ribbon the last week in October, Americans can demonstrate their opposition to drugs.

The STORM team is a “total voluntary organization, but we ask them to sign a dedication sheet on positive behavior and living a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle,” Bill Francis, the team’s guide, said.

STORM team members pledges to lead drug-free lives to honor Camarena’s sacrifice and help the team to be symbols of support for younger students as their role models.

This year’s Red-Ribbon theme, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free,” is what the STORM team tried to instill in younger students Wednesday. Red-Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Statistics show that children of parents who talk to their kids regularly about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don’t talk about it. It’s a good idea for parents to have follow-up conversations with their kids about drugs and about what they learned from the STORM team’s presentations.

Francis started the STORM team about 15 years ago when he and the principal thought Boyden-Hull needed an organization to help promote positive behavior in the high school as well as taking the message to elementary and junior high students. The group now numbers around 30 to 40 students each school year and is mainly comprised of 10th to 12th grade students.

The STORM Team also does other projects throughout the year. “We do lessons with junior high students, we volunteer at Ronald Mc Donald House, organize a presentation for prom on dangers of illegal activities, we help out at junior high school sponsored events and dances. Just volunteer wherever we are needed,” Francis explained.

What does STORM Stand for?

S – Students

T – Teaching

O – Others and

R – Role

M – Modeling