By Herb Ryan
October 30, 2106
Custer, SD – On Saturday evening October 29, 2016, Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse Memorial was the scene of the C.O.R.E. (Community Organized Resources for Educating our youth) Freshman Impact 1st Annual Fundraiser and 4th Annual Volunteer Recognition event. The event kicked off at 2:00 in the afternoon with a cider and doughnuts social hour followed by rides in the Fatal Vision Goggles Kart Course. Then it was time to tour the base of Crazy Horse mountain,also included were activities for kids and daycare. Volunteer Recognition took place in the Crazy Horse theatre at 3:15 with MC- Sarah Morrison, Deputy State’s Attorney and Speaker Attorney General Marty Jackley. A prime rib dinner was served after guest previewed items for a silent and live auction conducted by Harold Printz of Printz Auctioneering Service. This was followed by guest speaker South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley.
After AG Jackley addressed the crowd we had a brief conversation on the evenings main topic.
“The biggest point I tried to convey to the crowd tonight was the importance of prevention over prosecution. When you look at Freshman Impact, you see it is one of those great programs that involve’s students and first responders. It gives a strong positive message and really gives kids the tools to help address addictions, learning to say no and avoiding peer pressure. Freshman Impact is now in a three state area and 50 different school districts in South Dakota to have an impact on freshmen.” Said SD State Attorney General Marty Jackley
On the question of the system and drug abuses particularly methamphetamine SD State Attorney General Marty Jackley said “ When you look at what we have done in South Dakota, the main focus is on the court system that often has a component addressing treatment, but it’s only a component and that’s why you see “No Meth Ever” and Freshman Impact and a variety of programs looking at the prevention side of it because here in South Dakota we have typically not been strong enough on the prevention and treatment side. We have always focused our resources on prosecution and incarceration. We are doing a better a better job with preventative resources, focusing on treatment so we never get to the prosecution and incarceration stage.
On the question of legalizing marijuana in the SD State Attorney General Marty Jackley said.” At this point I have been a strong advocate believing that marijuana causes public health and safety problem. When it involves medical marijuana I would like to work with Federal authorities on increased research and experimental opportunities that may help a child having seizures, or and ailing adult that may have cancer or may need pain relief for other conditions”.
The following information comes from the Freshman Impact Website.
Freshman Impact: Caught in the Moment is a powerful one-day prevention program for young teenage students. The students see up close and learn through hands-on activities the possible consequences of wrong choices and the lasting effects physically and emotionally on their bodies, their families and friends, and their community. The program promotes communication and developing rapport between the youth and law enforcement / fire / rescue personnel.
The program brings together local, county, state and federal resources to educate students, parents and school staff on destructive teenage issues and the consequences. Law enforcement/fire/rescue departments can use the program as inter-departmental training for their personnel in emergency response skills, working as a team with other area departments, and promoting community relations.
As a team, everyone works together to promote young teenagers making safe choices and preventing destructive behaviors. It is important to give our young teenagers the tools to develop life-long skills and values to make the best choices.