Anti-Drug Skating Event Aims to be Uplifting Fun
The event comes from a county's Natural High Initiative, an effort to keep kids away from illegal drugs and encourage healthy choices.
The Morris County Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention program continues the Natural High Initiative it began six years ago with an evening of free family ice skating at the Mennen Arena, 161 East Hanover Ave. in Morris Township, on Thursday from 6-8 p.m.
Morris County Municipal Alliance Coordinator Steve Nebesni said the event is
intended to show children and teens that they can achieve highs naturally—without the aid of drugs or alcohol—by engaging in fun, uplifting activities like the skating event. Other ideas the Natural High philosophy suggests for uplifting activities include a family movie or a game night at home complete with popcorn and soft drinks.
Resource tables will be available at Thursday's skating party, and the evening’s master of ceremonies will be Josh Drean, a former Brigham Young University mascot who now speaks to youth groups on the issue of bullying.
During his time as the BYU mascot, Drean said he witnessed many acts of bullying
in the schools and organizations he entertained. He said he was devastated by these acts of violence and has since devoted himself to helping create a “positive, safe and moral school climate.”
The youth speaker said his aim is to engage and reach students on a deeper level by drawing on what he experienced as a mascot.
Admission to the event and skate rentals are free, and children under 12 must be
accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
Capacity is limited and pre-registration is required. To sign up, call 973-285-6860 or
For more information, visit the Morris County Department of Human Services website.