Montgomery, AL – Over 200 parents, students, and children attended The Wilcox County Back to School Bash was on August 5, 2016 at Camden School of Arts and Technology. The event was hosted by The Council on Substance Abuse- NCADD (COSA-NCADD) to kick off the 2016 school year.
COSA-NCADD gave away free school supplies and offered information on substance abuse and the dangers of tobacco. Food and music were provided as well and free haircuts were given to the first ten young men who attended. Students also had the opportunity to engage in different activities such as face painting, basketball, and taking photos.
The Back to School Bash started with a guest appearance by motivational speaker Craig Boykin. He talked to students about making choices and the dangers of substance abuse. “You have a choice. Drugs are never a part of success” Boykin said while sharing his childhood experiences with drugs, violence, and incarceration. Boykin also talked about his journey of obtaining a GED to earning a PhD.
Wilcox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Andre’ Saulsberry felt that the Back to School Bash was good for the community. “This was an extraordinary way to bring parents, students, and the community to come together and make aware the importance of staying away from drugs and excelling academically.”
Members of the Wilcox Board of Education also felt that the same way as Dr. Saulsberry. “This brought the whole community together” said Sheila S. Dortch who represents District 3. Dortch said her church allowed her to use their van to pick up children around the community for the event.
Several organizations also participated in the Back to School Bash. Bama Kids Inc., Project Reach Out, and the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. set up information booths. Emerge Solutions provided a photo booth and Master Barber Michael Woods provided the free haircuts.
The mission of COSA-NCADD is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of the disease of alcoholism, other drug addiction diseases, and related problems. For more information about COSA- NCADD call 334-262-1629 or visit www.cosancadd.org