MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Editorials

September 29, 2012

Children need positive role models

— Students many times listen more to other students than they do to adults.

It is a natural part of growing up.

Children can tune out adults, believing them to be out of touch.

That’s why a program where high school students will help try to steer elementary students from drugs shows so much promise.

Elementary students look up to high school students. The younger students aspire to be just like those role models.

A group of older students have begun training to perform skits at Muskogee elementary schools during Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 20-28.

“They’ll be doing skits and talking to the kids, getting them involved,” said Madison Tomlinson, Muskogee High School director of character development.

“We have 60 to 70 kids that will take part in the programs. They’ll break into smaller team units and go to all the elementary schools.”

Drugs destroy lives. It’s a tragedy when someone tosses their future away at such a young age.

This program can help save students from making disastrous decisions.

It’s a great idea for older students to help reach out to younger students.

It helps both the younger and older students.

Ashlee Fletcher, 16, said her younger brother is in elementary school, so she’s excited to be able to guide him and his friends.

“I want them to grow up to be good,” Fletcher said. “It feels great to be able to be a good, positive influence to them.”

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