The Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D) program is taught in all of the 5th grade classes at Nellie Bennett and Ocean Road Schools. L.E.A.D is a ten week long program designed to give students the information and tools they need to resist pressures which may influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs. The program also focuses on the importance of setting goals, decision making skills, effective communication, techniques to resist peer pressure and ways to help manage emotions.
The L.E.A.D. program is taught by Officer Kevin Aurin who has been instructing the program in our schools since 2010. Officer Aurin instructs each 5th grade classroom every week for 40 minutes during the 10 week program. This allows each student the opportunity to actively participate in the program. Each year the Point Pleasant Rotary Club sponsors the annual L.E.A.D. poster contest. The winning poster is framed and displayed in the hallway of each elementary school. At the end of the program, the students participate in a graduation ceremony. One student from each class is selected to read their essay describing all they have learned in the L.E.A.D program.