"Say No To Drugs"
The phrase "Just Say No" first emerged when Nancy Reagan was visiting Longfellow Elementary School in Oakland, California in 1982 and was asked by a schoolgirl what to do if she was offered drugs. The first lady responded by saying, "Just say no". Just Say No club organizations within schools and school-run anti-drug programs soon became common, in which young people make pacts not to experiment with drugs. Over 5000 Just Say No clubs were founded in schools and youth organizations in the United States and abroad. Many clubs and organizations remain in operation around the country, where they aim to educate children and teenagers about the effects of drugs.[
"Just Say No" was an advertising campaign, part of the U.S. "War on Drugs", prevalent during the 1980s and early 1990s, to discourage children from engaging in illegal recreational drug use by offering various ways of saying no. Eventually, this also expanded the realm of "Just Say No" to violence and premarital sex. The slogan was created and championed by First Lady Nancy Reagan during her husband's presidency.
In an ongoing effort to provide local area students with wholesome recreational activities, Rochester’s Bowl-A-Roll Lanes has announced a new program called, “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling.” The program in its 10th year had over 50,000 students and their families from the Greater Rochester area participate last summer. It’s a healthy, wholesome program for students of all ages that will give them a FREE activity all summer long at our family-friendly bowling center. “Kid safety is the goal of this event. We offer kids a safe place to enjoy a sport during their most vulnerable years. The program is supported and endorsed by the community’s D.A.R.E. officials, parents and local school districts. “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling will provide thousands of dollars’ worth of FREE bowling and shoe rentals to local students during the summer months. The bowling center will provide a special identification card to every student in the Greater Rochester area that will entitle the student to one free game of bowling EVERY day from May 1st through August 31st. Bowling shoes are also included. We ask you to please consider supporting as well as participating in this wonderful program. For more information about the “Say No to Drugs – Say Yes to Bowling” program contact Bill Fortino at Bowl-A-Roll, 585-755-0747.
Bill Fortino, Program Coordinator