Gov. Charles Baker came to Haverhill to recognize the work we do to prevent gang violence and drug abuse among students and met with Superintendent Maureen Lynch, Curriculum Coordinator Kelly Fay and Physical Education Instructor Roxanne Grover at the Haverhill Boys & Girls Club.
Whittier students and parents have benefitted from grant money received in a competitive application process for the past three years from the Senator Charles Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative. We are part of a Haverhill/Methuen Partnership that won $82,667 this year. The group meets regularly to assess needs and plan events with Haverhill and Methuen Police Departments, Haverhill Boys and Girls Club, Methuen Arlington Neighborhood Coalition, Haverhill YMCA and YWCA.
At Whittier, the money has been used for the following "Above the Influence" programs:
- Prom and graduation safety events that emphasize the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol and the importance of making healthy decisions
After-school programs that offer homework assistance and physical activity and information about activities to promote health and well-being during the summer months
Haverhill Author Andre Dubus III spoke to all students about how he struggled with the negative influences of drugs and alcohol while growing up as detailed in his book Townie.
Parents were invited to view the film "If Only" during Parent's Night about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol on teenagers.
Parents were also encouraged to visit "Hidden in Plain Sight", a display that features a typical teen's bedroom with signs of possible drug use.