In conjunction with the start of Red Ribbon Week, Ludlow CARES sponsored a motivational speaker, Mr. Chris Herren, to address Baird Middle School 7th and 8th grade students about staying drug and alcohol free. After losing his professional basketball career with the Boston Celtics, and nearly losing his life, to addiction, Mr. Chris Herren entered recovery and now dedicates himself to the Herren Project. His foundation helps educate at-risk youth and their families to the dangers of substance abuse and addiction and offers encouragement for those trying to overcome it.
During his hour-long presentation Herren brought a sense of reality to the fact that drugs and alcohol do not discriminate. He offered students strategies for staying away from drugs and alcohol; encouraging students to be comfortable with who they are instead of turning to substances for an escape. He also suggested they make good decisions on who they 'hang with' and to speak up if they know someone is heading down the wrong path.
The Baird community is very thankful to Ludlow CARES for sponsoring this event, and to Herren for sharing his personal and timely message.
Mr. Herren addressing students in the auditorium.
Mr. Herren with the BMS Project Purple Members
BMS Principal, Mrs. Stacy Monette and Mr. Herren