Kenmore Middle School Goes Red

October 4, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 12:39 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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October 4, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 12:39 PM EDT

Kenmore, N.Y. (WKBW) - From the equipment to the canines to true stories of people making a recovery, Kenmore Middle school students got a lesson about saying 'no' to drugs from those who know it best.

"They're joined today by officials from the DEA. We have the SWAT truck here, some canine demos and we have speakers from Kids Escaping Drugs," Principal Elaine Thomas said.

This is all part of Red Ribbon week. Eighth-grader Frankie Fragale said that there are problems with drugs and alcohol even at the middle school level. He said this program has an impact on the students.

"It teaches you a lot about what happens if you do drugs and the consequences," Fragale said.

Teens from "Kids Escaping Drugs" told their stories of how drugs almost ruined their young lives, while the law enforcement showed of their drug enforcement equipment.

"We see more and more problems with drugs ever day but anything we can do to stop the kids from doing drugs is huge on our part," Mike Livecchi with the NFTA Police Department said.

Officers said it's not only about drug prevention it's also about building relationships between the students and law enforcement.

"We try and form a bond with them. Let them know that we're out there and that we're approachable and they can come up to talk with us whenever they want," Livecchi said.

Although this serious topic, there was also some fun. Students were able to try on equipment and see the drug dog in action but not quit on job. Fragale said this is his favorite part.

"The canines they're cool. The dogs, I love dogs," Fragale said.