Thursday, March 1, 2012

DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONTROL WEEK

             Every third week of November is being celebrated nationwide as Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week. This year's observance slated from November 13-19, adopted the theme, "Global Action for Healthy Communities Without Drugs". 


The theme briefly enunciates the international advocacy for the unity of various communities in the unrelenting fight to eliminate the menace posed by drug abuse to our society.
Maduya Elementary School under the leadership of the principal Mr. Noel S. Ortega, headed the week-long observance. Activities undertaken included putting up of bulletin board display depicting the theme in the school; meeting with the Parent-Teachers’ Association regarding to the week-long activity; lectures in schools headed by ROHM Seminconductor and participated in by all Grade 5 and 6 pupils; film showing of the movie Thirteen (THIRTEEN is Catherine Hardwicke's explosive portrait of teenage girls at their very worst. Mean, manipulative, conniving, and utterly out of control, these skinny, sexy, drug-addicted, 13-year-old time bombs are nothing short of terrifying. Hardwicke's movie is brilliant in its ability to portray this phenomenon, which comes off as very real. The skillful photography from cinematographer Elliot Davis communicates the most complicated themes of the film: insecurity, confusion, wanting to be liked and accepted, and feeling like it's time to grow up fast. In an early scene, protagonist Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood), a shy girl and good student, approaches Evie (Nikki Reed), the school's ultra-popular bad girl, and the two size up each other's clothing, jewelry, hair, shoes, socks, and decide to go on a shopping spree. From there Tracy spirals downward, copying Evie's every move in an aggressive game of daring each other to take increasingly dangerous risks--stealing, getting piercings, experimenting with sex, drinking and taking drugs, and much more. All the while Tracy's mother (Holly Hunter) who is a bohemian ex-alcoholic trying to be open-minded and supportive about her daughter's rebellion, slowly loses her authority and her ability to cope with these volatile teens. A booming, excellent soundtrack punctuates the hyper, desperate, manic mood of the girls' behaviour, and catalyses the adrenaline rush that is THIRTEEN.) ; ceremonial destruction of dangerous drugs; essay writing, slogan and poster-making contest; school-community parade and integration of the drug abuse prevention messages/concepts in appropriate subject areas and in the school paper.
             These activities were participated in by teachers, pupils, PTA, non-government organizations and the principal.

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