The City of Southside and the Southside Police Department want to mark the completion of the 2018 “Too Good for Drugs” program at Southside Elementary with a day of fishing, food and fun.

School Resource Officer Clay Johnson has taught the program in the elementary school. This year, it aimed at teaching students to make good decisions, to deal with peer pressure and to stay away from drugs.

For the second year, the city, the department and several sponsors are hosting a picnic at Kenny Keenum’s farm in Ohatchee to mark the end of the classes.

“I believe education is the first component of protection,” Southside Mayor Wally Burns said. “I am proud to bring an educational program into our schools to better educate our youth to be safe and responsible, while making good decisions as they grow older.”

“This program’s aim is to address prevention of drug and alcohol use through our schools,” Sgt. Jay Freeman said. “The curriculum includes good decision-making, resisting peer pressure and cultivating healthy communication and relationships with others. It emphasizes the pertinent information young people need to understand the negative consequences of alcohol and drug use.”

That’s what the class entails. The picnic, which is Thursday, will give kids a chance to fish and enjoy a day on the farm.

Freeman said the city and police department appreciate Keenum graciously opening his farm to Southside’s students, as the main sponsor of the event.

“I want the kids to remember this day for the rest of their lives as something they accomplished by learning the importance of staying drug-free,” Keenum said.

Keenum also will sponsor a kids day at 2 p.m. May 20 at the farm at 1711 Gilberts Ferry Road in Ohatchee.