In this segment, HVCASA shines the spotlight on individuals who are doing good prevention work in their community.
HVCASA is recognizing the dedication and hard work of Spencer Johnson and Amber Perry of the New Fairfield Prevention Council. These 2 young people attend every meeting, volunteer their time at all events sponsored by the council, and provide valuable input on the climate of New Fairfield High School. They bring to the table great ideas for keeping their fellow peers safe and healthy, something they both care about and feel is very important. They were a big part of the planning and execution of Project Purple week, an initiative of The Herren Project which empowers youth to stand up and make a difference. Going Purple gives students motivation and support as they embrace a message of education and awareness. Students learn that they do not need drugs and alcohol to meet life’s challenges; that they are perfect the way they are.
Amber Perry, a 10th grader at New Fairfield High School, has been assisting with the New Fairfield Prevention Council’s social media campaign. She always offers unique and intuitive ways to help the council meet students where they are. To prepare for Project Purple week she made over 25 bracelets (pictured) to be given out as prizes. She also took photos and video that week to document the event and the camaraderie it created among the students at NFHS. Amber says “The prevention council is important to me because it helps reduce the amount of drugs in our schools, and promote a healthy lifestyle. I believe that is an important asset to our community”.
Spencer Johnson (in photo on the left), a senior at New Fairfield High School says he “got involved with the New Fairfield Prevention Council because I had been clean for a year, and in that year, three of my friends had died from drug related causes. I realized that prevention is where change happens, and I wanted to be a part of that change. I’ll have 3 years of sobriety April 21st this year”. Spencer has become a leader among the students of NFHS, reaching out to those who are struggling with numerous issues and spreading the message of recovery and hope.
New Fairfield High School students “going purple” during Project Purple week