First Friday Luncheon Focuses on Drug Awareness

A longtime educator has a serious message for East Texans: alcohol and drug problems continue to plague the country.

Larry Guinn is a former teacher, coach, principal and executive director of student services for the Plano school district.  He says there's no way to keep kids off drugs as long as they see adults abusing drugs.

Guinn is a native of Henderson who spoke at this month's First Friday luncheon in Lufkin.

Guinn says, "If we don't do something, we could lose a whole generation of young people and it's time that we get sensitive to the world they're growing up in and what they're doing.  It is a problem in this country and we might as well face it and try to come up with some solutions."

The chamber also recognized several local companies at the luncheon for making a difference last year.  Organizers selected Brookshire Brothers as the 'Business of the Year' for 2004.