Secaucus L.E.A.D. Graduation Ceremony

“The L.E.A.D. program, Law Enforcement Against Drugs, is one that is committed to protecting our youth and communities from the proliferation of drugs, drug related crimes, peer to peer/cyber bullying and violence. The organization is supported by dedicated police officers in collaboration with educators, community leaders, families and L.E.A.D. support organizations.”

“The L.E.A.D. program, which promotes saying no to drugs and alcohol abuse, is taught to elementary and middle school students in Secaucus. It teaches the students how to be safe and secure from the dangers that drugs and alcohol pose in their future along with strengthening their social skills in pro-active activities and leadership. Secaucus Police Capt. Carlos Goyenchea serves as the program facilitator, while Secaucus Police Officer William Eccles is the instructor for the L.E.A.D. program. 

 I attended this year’s graduations at elementary schools Huber Street School and Clarendon Street School and SMS, PAC Center for the Middle School graduates, along with coalition assistant, Rashmee Shenvi. Both Rashmee and I spoke at the graduations on behalf of the Secaucus Coalition for a Healthy and Drug Free Community. In addition Chief Flaherty, Councilman William McKeever, Councilman Robert Costantino, Councilman Gary Jeffas were in attendance at the ceremonies. Rashmee did a great job encouraging the kids to speak up about why the LEAD program is so necessary and effective. We also had the chance to speak one on one with some of the parents along with the children. It is a great program which we are most fortunate to have hear in Secaucus. The police officers that are involved are doing a tremendous job, not only as teachers but also as mentors. The way they communicate with the children is fantastic. I was very impressed and felt privileged to be a part of the ceremonies.

 After the Ceremonies the eighth graders celebrated their graduation at the Secaucus pool. The grownups stepped up with keeping the graduates supplied in hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza. We couldn’t have asked for a better day, the weather was perfect.

By: Rev. Craig Harris, Chairman of The Secaucus Coalition for a Healthy and Drug Free Community”