By Emily Heiss
On April 3rd Red Lion Senior High will welcome former NBA player, Chris Herren to speak with students at an assembly - and no, it has nothing to do with playing basketball professionally.
Herren is founder of a foundation called, “Project Purple.” His mission is to assist individuals and families struggling with drug addiction. He is coming to Red Lion to share his story regarding drugs and the past that they led him and how he is now recovering and hopes to use this organization to help and reach out to others.
The Aevidum club will be acting as the ‘liaison’ for this entire assembly. The message of Aevidum, “I’ve got your back” is very relevant in regards to Herren’s project’s mission statement.
Club adviser Mrs. Rohrbaugh said, “We are using our platform to promote the message. We are raising money for donations and, most importantly, awareness before Chris comes.”
Aevidum has been selling Project Purple T-Shirts for $12.00 at both the senior high and the junior high. A portion of the proceeds that they receive will be donated towards the Purple Project which will be presented to Chris himself at the assembly.
Drug addiction is responsible for the death of more teens than both car accidents and gun violence in America. So many of the students of Red Lion High School have been touched by the drug crisis.
“Unfortunately, the opioid crisis - the drug addiction - is not specific to one area,” said Mrs. Rohrbaugh. “Our students know people who are struggling, we’ve had former students who have passed. It’s something that needs to be brought to the attention of everybody so that we can reduce it.”