December 6, 2018

Representatives from Nanticoke Health Services recently visited several elementary schools to distribute purple bracelets to students in grades 3 through 5. The bracelets, which had printed on them “Choosing Me. Drug Free.” were given to students at Phillis Wheatley Elementary in Bridgeville, Central Elementary and Fred Douglas Elementary in Seaford.

The idea to donate the bracelets was inspired by Gracy Hudson, a third grader at Phillis Wheatley elementary. Gracy learned about the Go Purple initiative at her church and wanted to spread the message to her friends and classmates.

Nanticoke’s donation is a part of Sussex Goes Purple, an all-out community effort to end substance abuse in the community through awareness and prevention.  Sussex Goes Purple launched in September as a part of national substance abuse awareness month. Sussex Goes Purple is organized through the Sussex County Health Coalition who is also spearheading the peer to per Botvin Life Skills Training program in Seaford High and Middles schools. Botvin is a nationally known program that mentors youth, empowering them make healthy life decisions. Sussex Goes Purple is supported by the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAHM), Highmark and all three hospitals in the community. For more information on how you can get involved, visit