“I was in 8th grade on the night of this life-changing event at Pomperaug, an event to which I could easily relate. When I heard that he was traveling in my area to give his presentation, I was ecstatic and made it a number one priority to attend his event. I remember walking into the gym a couple minutes late and having to sit nearly at the top of the bleachers.
Although I was physically far away from Mr. Herren, the message that he spoke was one I held closely in my heart. There were hundreds of people listening to his engaging words, but it felt as if I was the only one there. Through Mr. Herren’s teachings, I learned that innocent drugs are not very innocent at all; instead, they are gateways to continuously wanting a better high. This is an itch that can never be scratched, and the world is filled with deadly intoxicants; so, although it may be “cool” to fit in with the crowd and moderate, the end results can be alarming.
I learned many great lessons from Mr. Herren, lessons which would carry my angry freshman self through high school and still shape who I am today. Now a freshman in college, I live a completely sober and happy life.” – Max, 19, Southbury, CT