Twice a year, the HBA’s Interprofessional Drug Education Alliance (IDEA) program takes to Houston-area elementary schools, where volunteers teach fifth graders about the legal and medical consequences of drug abuse. The fall IDEA presentation took place on Tuesday, October 23, when Harris County public schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Learn more about the program on the IDEA Committee webpage.
— Lyons Elementary (@LyonsElementary) October 23, 2018
— Meador Elementary (@MeadorElementa1) October 23, 2018
Erika Ramirez of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office demonstrates to fifth graders at DeZavala Elementary School the details of incarceration, one of the many legal consequences of drug abuse.
Dr. Mac Light exposes the harsh medical truths about drug abuse to fifth graders at Jefferson Elementary School.
Scott Durfee of the Harris County DA’s Office interacts with Osborn Elementary students at the beginning of his presentation on the legal effects of drugs.
Dr. Amarilis Vega explains to fifth graders at Shadow Oaks Elementary School what damage drug abuse can cause to various body parts.
Piney Point Elementary fifth graders learn from Jessica Platt (Fowler Rodriguez) about some of the laws that would affect them if they ever came to abuse drugs.
Dr. Arindam Sarkar and IDEA Committee 2018-19 Co-Chair Daniella Landers pose with the fifth grade class at MacGregor Elementary.
“Thanks for including us every year. I am glad we are able to partner together to arm our fifth graders every year with this important drug awareness and prevention information. A different set of fifth graders get this information before they head out into middle school where the dynamics are different and the school environment is not as contained. I think it helps them make better choices as they move to middle school and beyond. Again, thank you and thanks to all the professionals that make this program possible.”
— Lashawnda Harris, Lyons Elementary School, HISD
|District||Elementary School||Medical Professional(s)||Legal Professional(s)|
|Channelview||Cobb||Dr. Nindisha Anireddy||Kene Chinweze|
|Channelview||Crenshaw||Dr. Linh Hoang & Dr. Hesham Mohamed||Amber Joachim|
|Channelview||DeZavala||Dr. Cathy Xie||Erika Ramirez|
|HISD||Jefferson||Dr. Mac Light||Meagan Scott|
|HISD||Lyons||Dr. Gisele Urrutibeheity & Dr. Stephanie Vachirasudlekha||Hon. Clarinda Comstock & Angelica Hernandez|
|HISD||MacGregor||Dr. Arindam Sarkar||Daniella Landers|
|HISD||Osborn||Dr. Mohammad Khoaja||Scott Durfee|
|HISD||Piney Point||Dr. Reginald Nguyen & Dr. Liliana Rueda||Michael Von Blon & Jessica Platt|
|Pasadena||Meador||Dr. Stephanie Nguyen & Dr. Maggie Barghash||Rehana Vohra & Derick Mendoza|
|Spring Branch||Shadow Oaks||Dr. Sarah Ansari & Dr. Amarilis Vega||Margaret Wittenmyer & Emmie Proctor|