On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the students of Payson Junior High participated in a 500 mile walk to begin drug free week. Over 1,000 students each walked one half mile to take a physical stand against drugs. Each class also made a banner for the PTA's Banner Contest and proudly displayed those banners while participating in the walk. While the PTA gave several classes Honorable Mentions and loved all of the banners, the winner was Mike Farley's Science Class with their "Hugs Not Drugs" Chant.
The walk ended on the soccer field with an outdoor concert put on by fellow grizzlies. 9th grader Jalon Watts sang, "Proud Mary, Rachel Holt (teacher) performed, "I'm Walkin' On Sunshine," Addie Elliot, 9th grader, sang "Don't Stop Believing," and finally SevenEves, a band from Salem High School, performed a few of their original songs for the students. Payson's Principal Carl Swenson wrapped up the assembly by talking about how running is his positive addiction.
The assembly was put on to show students that we can all find positive, worthwhile things to do with our time rather than drugs. Whether it's music, athletics, or any other number of activities, join the students of Payson Junior and find a positive hobby! Be drug free!