Event Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Location: Lake Tahoe Community College
Project Coordinator: Lisa Huard
The Drug Store Project : A Community Drug Prevention Effort
What is it?
A day-long event in which students are taken through a journey
of vignettes on the consequences incurred if they choose to use
drugs or participate in any destructive behavior.
Who is involved?
• 40+ Organizations (Agencies, Service Clubs, Businesses,
• 160 volunteer individuals
• 350 sixth-grade youth of STMS, ZC, St. Theresa, and Diamond
What is the message to our Youth?
Choices, what are yours?
Students arrive at LTCC.
California National Guard and
group volunteers set the tone
and review the expectations for
Groups rotate to all vignettes
systematically throughout the
Each vignette is 11 minutes in
Provided by Partnership
of Community Resources
Students are provided
with an overview of the
drugs identified as
(tobacco, alcohol, and
emphasis of this vignette
is to provide all students
with the foundation of
information needed to
understand the physical,
social, and psychological
effects of drug use.
Provided by BNE and SLEDNET.
Students begin with a presentation
by law enforcement about illegal
drugs in our community. After the
presentation students are given
the opportunity to walk by a drug
display. While observing the
different displays of drugs, a pre-
selected student takes a bag of
“dope” and places it in their
pocket. A law enforcement officer
witnesses the act and places the
student under arrest for
possession of illegal drugs.
Provided by EDC and DC
Students watch as a probation
photographs, and books their
fellow classmate. The probation
officer then places the
designated student into a jail
cell. Juvenile hall officers then
present to the audience what it
is like to reside in juvenile hall.
Provided by the EDC Superior
Court, EDC District Attorney,
EDC Public Defender
The student appears in court
with a public defender before
a judge and a prosecutor.
The judge explains how the
legal system deals with those
found guilty of possession of
drugs and places the minor
on probation and mandates
the student into drug
Provided by TYFS
Substance Abuse Prevention
Counselors from local agencies
administer a mock chemical
assessment while his/her
fellow classmates are
observing. The audience then
receives a presentation with
information on chemical
addiction and the risks
involved when they make their
choice of whether to use or
Provided by AK Entertainment,
STHS Friday Night Live, SLTFD, and
The student chooses to continue to
use drugs and attends a party.
While at the party, the student
collapses on the floor from an
apparent drug overdose. Police
Officers and EMTs arrive on the
scene, perform CPR, and transport
the student to the emergency
Provided by Barton Health
Once the student enters the
emergency room, actual physicians
and nurses attempt to revive the
victim without success and the victim
Actors play “grieving parents” and are
called into the emergency room
where the doctor informs the parents
that their son / daughter just died.
Provided by Sierra Community
Church and McFarlane Mortuary
A mock funeral is conducted by a
minister and mortuary personnel.
The “grieving parents” are asked
to share the memories they had of
their deceased child. Students are
then given the opportunity to
observe their friend one last time.
As they pass by and look inside
the coffin, students expect to see
their classmate, but instead they
see themselves in a mirror. The
sobering reminder is to not let
this happen to you or those you
Provided by Molly Cocking
This is a powerful, moving story
told by one of the young ladies
who grew up in our community
and is now giving back. Molly is
a young woman who in her high
school years nearly died from
alcohol poisoning. The story she
shares of “that moment”, the
effect on her, her friends, and
most of all her family, is honest
and forthright. Molly changed
her life, changed her direction,
and is now a role model for our
Provided by SLTPD and Vitality Lake
Students are given the opportunity
to share and discuss their
experiences with a law enforcement
officer and mental health
Support vignettes are provided by Barton Health, Lake Valley Fire Protection
District, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, South Lake Tahoe Fire
Department, and the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
Harrah’s generously supports lunch and snacks for all 500 participants and
we will again have the assistance of their Harrah’s Hero volunteers.
Students participate in a pre and post-event survey for data gathering
purposes and program improvement.
Parents and volunteers participate in a post-event survey to help us for
Professional counselors participate in our event and can be of help to any
child or adult if necessary.
TYFS and EDCMH Counselor visits every classroom as a follow up to the
Continued financial support for the program.
AK Entertainment, Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement,
Barton Health, California Conservation Corps,
California Highway Patrol, California National Guard, DC Probation,
DC Sheriff, EDC District Attorney, EDC Mental Health,
EDC Public Defender, EDC Probation, EDC Sheriff, EDC Superior Court,
Embassy Suites Resort, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Kiwanis,
Lake Tahoe Community College, LTUSD, Lake Valley Protection District,
McFarlane Mortuary, Optimist, Partnership of Community Resources,
Pro Leisure, Rotary, St. Theresa School, Sierra Community Church,
STHS Friday Night Live, STMS Leadership, SLT Fire Department,
SLT Police Association, SLT Police Department, Soroptimist,
Tahoe Douglas Fire District, Tahoe Youth & Family Services,
And Vitality Lake Tahoe.
More information can also be seen at
www.makeschoolssafe.com on the Special