Eleven Howland High School graduates have lost their lives to drug overdoses in recent years. The problem is not unique to Howland or even Trumbull County. However, one Howland High School student hopes that raising awareness about drugs will help prevent those numbers from increasing.
Junior Lindsey Shrodek launched an awareness campaign at the beginning of the year as part of service project through Girl Scouts. Her efforts to not only raise awareness, but also construct the Howland Hope Garden outside of the high school gymnasium entrance has earned her the Girl Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award.
Through her research, Shrodek learned that some people who struggle with drug addiction also struggle to cope, which is why they turn to drugs. In an effort to showcase other methods of coping, Shrodek decided to set up informational booths at school events and sell rocks that people could paint. When people would purchase Promise Rocks, Shrodek would engage in a conversation with them and share information about drug addiction and treatment. The money raised from the sale of the rocks has allowed Shrodek to purchase plants for the Howland Hope Garden, statues with inspirational sayings and 11 lanterns to represent each student who has died. There is also a mailbox in the garden that is full of information about treatment services available in Trumbull County.
In June, Shrodek will be recognized for her work and awarded her Gold Award.