With a focus on healthy, safe choices, the students of Mountain View Middle School and members of the Mendham Borough Police Department continue their important partnership into the 2022-2023 school year.
In early September, Mountain View Middle School's 6th graders, along with Class III Officer Behre and Detective Gobbi of the Mendham Borough Police Department, kicked off the annual L.E.A.D. program.
L.E.A.D., which stands for Law Enforcement Against Drugs, is aimed at protecting youth and communities from the proliferation of drugs, drug-related crimes, peer-to-peer/cyberbullying and violence. Over the course of the 12-week program, concluding later this month, students collaborate with their peers, teachers, and law enforcement personnel to complete the "Too Good for Drugs" curriculum. Lesson topics include goal-setting, responsible decision-making, managing emotions, and the consequences of drug, alcohol, and nicotine use.
The end of October also brings two significant recognitions - Red Ribbon Week, aimed at raising drug awareness and the benefits of a substance-free lifestyle, and School Violence Awareness Week, which encourages collaboration between law enforcement and school personnel. To that end, Class III Officer Behre will film a special segment to be aired as part of “Good Morning Mountain View.” In addition, Detective Gobbi will present "Cyberbullying: How to Use Technology & Social Media Responsibly" to the entire school community.