Dear Lincoln Hill High School Students,
I heard you're about to head into Red Ribbon week, so first let me say this…
I am so proud of you.
Many of you do not know me, but back in 2012, I was honored to be apart of the first LHHS / SHS Red Ribbon week. I got to hang out with your fellow classmates and hear their stories. I wanted to write this letter to you all because, truly, I am so proud of you guys for making this such an important priority. As we get older, the pressure of drugs and alcohol doesn't necessarily get easier, but before we get there, we have the opportunity to build up the strength to get through those difficult times together. I believe that each and everyone of you (us) will come out on top of the struggles, despite the circumstances that may have happened in our lives.
For me, I didn't necessarily grow up doing drugs and alcohol, but I watched multiple loved ones die from causes by both of those things. So to those of you who've lost loved ones from drugs or alcohol, I mourn with you. It hurts, and the ache that we have to get them back is endless. For those of you who are trying to overcome addiction, I stand with you, and I applaud you. For those of you simply trying to overcome peer pressure, I am right beside you.
It takes courage to stand strong for something. It takes bravery to say no. Even at my age of 23, it is difficult. But, coming together as classmates and friends, to share our struggles and losses, will make it a whole lot easier to get through things together.
You don't know me, but I am so proud of each of you. LHHS will always have a big place in my heart. And just so you all know, you guys are making a huge impact on your families lives, your friends lives, and in the lives of your community. You've certainly made an impact on mine tonight as I am typing this.
I love you all, and I support LHHS with all of my heart.
To the staff, teachers, and faculty involved, I thank you; because I know it isn’t easy.
From the bottom of my heart, I hope you all have an absolutely amazing Red Ribbon Week!