L.E.A.D. APRIL NEWSLETTER

From our Board

The Board of Directors is committed to maintaining the rapid growth of the L.E.A.D. organization. Our motto is that WE SERVE and under these tough times during the COVID-19 pandemic we are sticking to our motto. The board made a decision to keep all staff on working and serving and have authorized applications for grant and loan funding to ensure the services to you all are not interrupted. We are coming off a great conference and proud to announce that next year’s conference will be held again at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City starting on February 21. We hope that you can spread the word as we grow the organization. Please feel free to call our office at any time and stay safe!

Upcoming Events

Social Distancing Walk

Throughout May 2020 

We are facing the grim reality that our current revenue sources will fall far short due to the appropriate preventive measures being instituted to confront the Coronavirus. Walk safely to help L.E.A.D. and keep fit!

Location

Anywhere – just make sure to practice proper COVID-19 preventative measures!

“Protecting Our Communities” Walk

Throughout May 2020 

Walk and support your local L.E.A.D. Chapter. Registration is $25 and includes a free water bottle, and 75% of proceeds goes to your local L.E.A.D. Chapter. 

Location

Multiple Locations Throughout NJ

6th Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference

02/21/2021 – 02/23/2021

Location

HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
1000 BOARDWALK
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401


What’s Happening:

Virtual Trainings Available

We are holding a 1-day training session on April 15, April 22, and April 29. The trainings will be held from 9 AM – 5 PM. There will also be a 5-day training session held at the end of April. Please visit our website for detailed information.

“Protecting Our Communities” National Poster Contest

L.E.A.D. is proud to announce a nationwide poster contest available to all schools for students Grade K-8 (you do not need to be a L.E.A.D. community to participate).  We want to see your best work as you show us what you have been doing to protect your community from drugs and violence.

[Video] Message from our C.E.O.

Please see the following Facebook video post from L.E.A.D. CEO, Nicholas DeMauro.

Thumb’s Up Campaign

Police officers are on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis daily. Show your support for their hard work and dedication by giving every police officer you see a THUMBS UP! Visit leadrugs.org for more information.

Monthly Spotlights


Portsmouth Middle School – New Hampshire
Kathy Birse Siegel here from Portsmouth School District, in Portsmouth NH. I am the district department Head for Health and Physical Education grades K-12.

A few years ago, my Portsmouth High school health teachers took the L.E.A.D. training and worked the program into their YOLO (You Only Live Once) Health course. This past June, the Dondero elementary Physical Education teacher and I attended a L.E.A.D. training with Lisa Remick. In the fall of 2019, we introduced the program in our respective schools.  Dondero grade 2 students piloted the program and next year Grade 5 will be added.

At Portsmouth Middle School I replaced my previous Alcohol and Other Drug units of study with the “TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS” L.E.A.D. curriculum.  My seventh-grade students, all 183, have worked in the program. I was a bit leery of the workbook format, but my students have come to class ready to dive into our next lesson.  The workbook has provided structure and a feedback tool for their weekly learning. The interactive and engaging lessons provide an adolescent with real life skills to navigate setting goals, learning to communicate, role playing difficult situations and how to articulate and be successful with refusal skills relating to drugs and other risky behaviors.  Many days students want to stay and continue the lesson. When a teacher receives this type of feedback, we know we have delivered a successful lesson and that the students will take it away and use the skills in their social settings.
Sgt. Scott Saunders
Master Sergeant Scott Saunders is currently employed as a member of the Middletown Police Department in Middletown, Delaware. Scott was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. Upon graduating from High School, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served two years of active duty before receiving an honorable discharge. Scott continued his military service as a member of the United States Army Reserve for 10 additional years. In 1990 Scott was hired by the South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) Police Department. He served as a member of the SEPTA Transit Police Department for 17 years. In 2007 Scott took a leap of faith when he was one of 20 experienced law enforcement veterans selected to become a Charter Member of the newly formed Middletown Police Department in Middletown, Delaware.

Scott is currently the Community Services Officer for his agency. He also holds certifications in the following areas: Crime Prevention Specialist, Certified Hostage Negotiator, Certified Instructor, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Veterans Response Team (VRT), Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D. K-8). Scott holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and works part time as a Drug & Alcohol Clinician at a local (MAT) treatment facility. He is married to his wife Amina and has three grown children Trevor, Akili and Jurelle. Scott enjoys working with youth and is a true believer in prevention strategies. Becoming a L.E.A.D. instructor and representative is one of Scott’s most satisfying career achievements.

Development Opportunities


Support L.E.A.D. on Amazon Smile!
Are you an Amazon customer? Now you can support L.E.A.D. every time you make an eligible purchase using Amazon Smile!

Simply use smile.amazon.com and log in with your Amazon account. When you make a “smile” eligible purchase, a percentage goes to L.E.A.D.!

If you already use Amazon Smile, then simply click here to switch your charity to L.E.A.D.

Recycling Program!

We are proud to announce that the recycling program has expanded.We now have services available to you in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, Oregon and Washington State.