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Kennett students learn lesson from drug group

With each beat, drummers encourage kids to stick with a positive rhythm instead of getting lost in alcohol and drugs. With each beat, drummers encourage kids to stick with a positive rhythm instead of getting lost in alcohol and drugs.
School leaders say it was a great way to strengthen the bond between home, school and community. School leaders say it was a great way to strengthen the bond between home, school and community.
With Grammy winning musicians among them, they want to encourage team building and unity through the use of drums. With Grammy winning musicians among them, they want to encourage team building and unity through the use of drums.
The leaders of Drum Café preach a message of self-respect and self-love. The leaders of Drum Café preach a message of self-respect and self-love.
KENNETT, MO (KFVS) -

Kids in Kennett public schools got a taste of the Drum Café Tuesday. The group traveled to Kennett from San Antonio to spread a message: Say No to Drugs, and Yes to Education.

With Grammy winning musicians among them, they want to encourage team building and unity through the use of drums.

The students say, they heard loud and clear!

"It was amazing how much in sync we all were," said Kennett Middle School 8th Grader, Bradley Crow.

A rock band of hundreds formed in minutes. Each student grabbed a drum from a bin when they walked into the gymnasium for the performance.

"They saw there's 400 plus kids out here and we can do this together all on the same beat," said teacher, Tina Brown. Brown says the school funded the performance through a Century 21 grant. "We are so fortunate to have them here," said Brown. "It was awesome!"

The leaders of Drum Café preach a message of self-respect and self-love.

"To make your own choices and not let other people influence you into making bad choices," said Crow.

With each beat, drummers encourage kids to stick with a positive rhythm instead of getting lost in alcohol and drugs.

"They tell us we need to make our own choices and not do drugs and alcohol," said Kennett Middle School 6th grader, Lily Figgins. "It was cool how they really did teach us and they taught us in a fun way."

Teachers say the drum cafe shows students how easy it is to stay on track when you believe in yourself.

"I thought it was neat because we've never had anything like that here," said Connor Oldson, Kennett Middle School 8th grader.

"If you stand up together you can do it," said Tina Brown. The day also included an evening performance for parents. "We want to encourage parents to work with the school and unite in that way as well. If we all work together for the good of the student there's nothing we can't accomplish," said Brown.

"It's amazing to see the students all together feeling that spirit when everybody is working together in a positive way," said Christina Taylor, a parent with three children in Kennett Public Schools.

School leaders say it was a great way to strengthen the bond between home, school and community.

"It was without a doubt the best student participation as well as positive message assembly I've ever been associated with in 30 years in education," said Middle School Principal, Ward Billings.

Learn more about the Drum Cafe.

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