District 99 is proud to celebrate Red Ribbon Week, nationally recognized; this annual opportunity allows educators to focus on substance prevention and education efforts with students.
District 99 will welcome back former NBA star and youth advocate Chris Herren as part of the week's events.
As a young man, Chris achieved his dream of playing basketball in the NBA, only to lose that dream and nearly his life and family due to alcohol and drug addiction. Now in recovery and sober since 2008, Chris has made it a mission to share his story and educate students and families on the serious risks of underage drinking and drug use.
Chris will present to District 99 students during the day at an all-school assembly at Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South High School on October 10. Chris will speak to students about self-esteem and self-worth, as well as how to work through life’s challenges and connect with their peers without using drugs or alcohol.
In addition to the student assemblies, families are encouraged to attend our free community presentation with Chris Herren on Tuesday, October 10th, at 6:30 p.m. in the South High Main Stage (auditorium).
For more information about Chris Herren, follow this link to Herren Talks and
The Student Assistance Program in District 99 delivers prevention activities, intervention services, and follow-up support for students and families throughout the school year. The program encourages students to make healthy lifestyle choices, succeed academically, and become more involved with school-based activities while developing leadership skills.
Counselors, psychologists, and social workers in the Counseling and Student Support Services department will be available to speak to students regarding the topics that Herren will discuss.