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July 5, 2014

‘Super Kids’ make debut

Corsicana — A new batch of “Super Heroes” for the Navarro Safe Homes program made their debut this week — dubbed as “Super Kids.”

The program is a youth and family outreach of IMPACT Navarro and Drug Prevention Resources Inc. The goal — to encourage parents to make their homes “safe homes” that do not allow the use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs by youth.

A colorful and widely distributed poster campaign has in the past featured adult leaders in the community in “Super Hero” garb — including Captain America, Wonder Woman and others.

This year, the coalition has formed a legion of “Super Hero Kids” to set the example for their peers — taking on roles of heroes that kids commonly look up to — nurse, doctor, firefighter, policeman, baseball player, and astronaut.

Portraying the Super Kids in the 2014 campaign are Abby Brand, Sameeta Chunara, Kalie Hall, Joshua Monroy, Cayden Williams, Victoria Turner and Eli Thompson.

Raul Jimenez, chairman of IMPACT Navarro, introduced the youngsters at a ceremony Wednesday at the Corsicana Public Library. He was joined by Alvis Reeves of Drug Prevention Resources, Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton and Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner.

“This is to help us in the war against the abuse of substances among kids,” Jimenez said. “There are people out there that are trying to convince our kids it’s good to use (drugs),” he added.

Bratton thanked the youth and the families that participate in the program.

“Thank you for helping build the future leadership of our community by starting out with our youth,” Bratton said to the Super Kids. “Maybe one day you’ll be up here wearing real badges and as real firemen uniforms.”

“We applaud IMPACT Navarro for the efforts you are putting forth to educate our youth,” added Tanner. “I know the importance of going to the schools and educating the children about narcotics and drugs and the impact that they have in our community.”

In its fourth year, the program hosts a website that parents can visit to “register” their home as a safe home. The registry, available for the public to see, is also a resource for parents to look up and see if the home their own kids are visiting is a “safe home.”

“If we can save one or two kids a year with these promotions, it’s well worth the time we put into it,” said Reeves.

Jimenez praised the youth taking part in the campaign to send a vital message to their peers.

“These kids are taking a very brave step by saying ‘Yes, we want to participate,’” Jimenez added. “We want to thank them for this effort.”

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On the Web: navarrosafehomes.com

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com

 

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