Red ribbon week assembly leaves chilling reminders of reality

Drugs are a common use of a high school students' spending money. Picture used with permission from Britannica ImageQuest.

Drugs are a common use of a high school students' spending money. Picture used with permission from Britannica ImageQuest.

What would you do with $10? Buy a latte, replace your phone charger, get that really cute new bracelet you saw online?  For 80 percent of the world, $10 or less is all they live on a day. Jeff Wenzler, Homestead alumnus, founder of Pivotal Directions and motivational speaker, came to Homestead this past Thursday to pose these questions and talk about his experience living among the poorest of the poor in Jamaica.

“I always love the red ribbon week speaker. They have such interesting stories and are all so unique,” Mitchell Larson, senior, said.

Wenzler spoke about how while in some parts of the world $10 is used to feed a family or buy a 5-year-old girl a used pair of shoes, in Mequon some kids use $10 to buy drugs and get high with friends. He went on to talk about how drugs can ruin the lives of not only the user, but their friends and loved ones as well.

“The speaker was really effective because his experience showed us how drugs can truly affect our lives,” Lizzy O’Leary, sophomore, said.

Wenzler talked about how drugs have affected his life, when he shared the story of his brother, Joe, who died of crack cocaine in Wenzler’s arms at a sporting goods store. “I was deeply touched by the story of the mistakes Joe made during his unfairly short life. His personal story really put a new perspective on drugs I never considered before,” Shir Bloch, sophomore, said.

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