Give-A-Book Program (Elementary)


Home Run Against Drugs Give-a-Book program is a universal literacy-based program that helps to build and reinforce resiliency skill for substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion in children in 3rd and 4th grade. The program also seeks to develop social-emotional skills such as self-control, problem-solving, and healthy decision-making.  

The students receive a 45-minute introduction to the Home Run Against Drugs Message. There is active role-playing pertaining to goal setting and the format is largely interactive for the students. The introduction of “Homer” is certainly the highlight of the event, allowing children to see and meet Homer. Each student receives a personalized book at the end of the assembly. 

A follow up 6 week curriculum has been developed to allow further reinforcement of the principles learned while in the assembly.  Each child will receive an activity/workbook and the facilitator may teach the modules pertaining to each curriculum strand.    With the curriculum, a model of a baseball diamond is used and each child will receive a sticker to place on the diamond to display their progress towards their goal of reaching home plate and hitting a Home Run!  Each module completion takes him or her step by step from being “on deck” to reaching each base and home plate safely.  

At the completion of the program, each child receives a certificate of accomplishment and membership into the S.T.R.I.K.E. Force, a worthy accomplishment!

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Home Run Against Drugs Give-a-Book Assembly Program

On Deck/Self-Esteem, Self-Awareness and Advocacy

Students define self-esteem and discuss ways to respect others differences. Self-awareness and self-advocacy is an important life skill that helps students take control of their well being. 

At Bat/Healthy Goals & Goal Setting

Students learn the importance of setting goals, the goal setting process and establish a personal goal. By making a goal, it gives them a concrete endpoint to aim for and get excited about.

1st Base/Nutrition & Exercise

The students discuss the value of their body and minds, proper nutrition/exercise and encourage to live a healthy lifestyle. It motivates students to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors.

2nd Base/Choosing a Healthy Lifestyle

Students learn the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. They learn the difference between "good drugs" and "bad drugs" and different ways to SAY NO!

3rd Base/Decision Making

Students learn and discuss the importance of making the right decisions. Examples are given and students make a pledge to HIT A HOME RUN AGAINST DRUGS and to live a healthy lifestyle!

Home Plate/ Hit Home Run Against Drugs


Each student receives their own personalized book, Homer and Me.

These books not only reinforce the anti-drug messages from the assembly, but also help to promote literacy, and gives parents an opportunity to speak to their child about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.  

Home Run Against Drugs Curriculum

The Home Run Against Drugs S.T.R.I.K.E. Force trainings are designed to help agencies/schools learn about concepts for children which include building self-esteem, developing healthy habits, goal setting, making positive choices and decision making. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to utilize the curriculum to implement Home Run Against Drugs prevention program at specific work sites; schools and after school programs; community centers; family treatment programs; community based residency programs; family resource centers and anywhere else this course may benefit children. This program includes a complete Home Run Against Drugs curriculum. 

Concepts for Children

- Building Self-Esteem

- Goal Setting

- Nutrition & Exercise

- Developing Healthy Habits

- Making Good Choices

Literacy Skills Development

- Reading

- Writing

- Critical Thinking

- Problem Solving

Curriculum* Includes:

- Lesson Plans

- Student workbook

- Fact sheets

- Evaluation Tools

- Resource Guide

*All items may be reproduced

For more information about the Home Run Against Drugs, contact Program Director, Kemi Pogue, at 914-236-8595 or

Rationale for Prevention for ages 4 –11(Pre-school, K-4th):

Children are being exposed to the messages, attitudes, values and

beliefs of the family system and communities that they are born into

on a daily basis, for many years before there is any kind of

standardized, comprehensive, HRAD prevention message being

disseminated to them. This needs to change! 

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