By Pearl Preis
After a visit from teen pop star Cassadee Pope, lead singer of Hey Monday, students at Muirlands Middle School pledged to live their lives on a natural high and stay off drugs.
Pope came to the school on Oct. 28 for the premiere of the film “Natural High 5.” Three hundred sixth-grade students filled the auditorium for Pope's appearance and screening of the film, while the rest of the school participated in a simulcast in their classrooms.
Pope then greeted all 1,000 students on the athletic field, signed autographs, and encouraged them to take the Natural High Pledge to live a drug-free life.
The film is being distributed free to thousands of schools in an effort to reach an estimated 5 million youth with the message. It coincides with a launch of the Natural High Pledge Campaign, which has already encouraged 11,000 students across the country to make the pledge to live naturally high.
The previous four Natural High DVD films have included big wave surfers like Laird Hamilton, and iconic skateboarders like Tony Hawk. They also feature various Olympic athletes, actors, professional basketball players, snowboarders, singers, songwriters and dancers. These celebrities are featured in mini-documentaries that provide intimate conversations and a rare look into their lives. There are no sermonizing testimonials, and yet the anti-drug message is loud and clear.
Natural High is the revolutionary anti-drug DVD series that an individual or business can bring to a classroom by sponsoring a school or a state. More at www.naturalhigh.org
Later in the day, Cassadee Pope was honored for her efforts on behalf of the Natural High program at The Sundt Memorial Foundation’s 11th annual Sunset Splash at Scripps Seaside Forum.