Too Good for Drugs
June - July
The Too Good For Drugs program was created by the Mendez Foundation in the 1970s after Charles E. Mendez, Jr., President, became concerned with the alarming growth of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use by young people. He sought to direct the Foundation's resources to address the substance abuse problem by developing prevention education programs. For more information, please refer to http://www.toogoodprograms.org.
The Signal Hill Police Department has been teaching the Too Good For Drugs curriculum to local 4th and 5th graders for many years and is looking to expand the curriculum to our new middle school population. Every summer, police officers assigned to the program teach students one session per week for three consecutive weeks. Topics include positive decision making, how to handle peer pressure, and the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs. In addition, to celebrate their completion of two years of the program, the 5th graders from Signal Hill Elementary and Alvarado Elementary enjoy their own pizza party and a race car derby competition during the 4th week. Trophies are awarded to the students with the top three fastest derby cars, as well as to the student with the Best Design.
Funding for the Too Good For Drugs program is 100% donation based. The biggest sponsor has been the Sultans Car Club of Long Beach. Every August, the Sultans sponsor a Car Show at the Signal Hill Park. Typically, two students, one from each of the two elementary schools, are chosen by their teachers, based on character and merit, and they are each given an opportunity to select their favorite cars for the Student’s Choice Award. The Sultans have generously donated much of the proceeds from the Car Show each year to sponsor the Too Good For Drugs program.
Sergeant Brown has been teaching the Too Good For Drugs program since 2010 and has been the Coordinator since 2014. Senior Police Officer Gossett has been teaching the program since 2014 and is now the Assistant Coordinator. Senior Police Officer Martinez, who has previously taught the Too Good For Drugs program, has been the Car Show Coordinator since 2014.