May 22, 2012 —
A steady stream of middle and senior high students descended on Central Park after school on May 18 to participate in a popular ABC-TV segment called “Your Three Words.”
People all over the country have participated in this program, sending their words to the television station.
Students and many adults who were passing the park took a pennant and wrote three words that have a special meaning to them. The pennants were then hung on clotheslines and strung from the trees. By the end of the day, several hundred swung in the breeze.
“Above the Influence” was penned by freshman Sidney Miller, who said it meant staying out of trouble with things like drugs; another sign by junior Brinna Feusel, 16, expressed how important art and freedom of expression are with the words “Live for Yourself;” Sephora VanOrden, 15, wrote “Normal Is Boring,” and said, “I try to go outside from what everyone else is doing and try to be unique.”
Junior Sam Cox, 17, wrote “Push Your Limit” and said, “You can always go farther than what you have already done.”
Other pennants said: “Live, Learn, Love,” “Trust the Government,” “United States of America,” “I Love Canada,” “Live Your Dreams,” “Faith, Family, Community,” “Love Your Wife,” “Talk It Out,” “Follow Your Passion,” “Miracles Happen Everyday,” “Never Stop Dreaming,” “Happiness Within Yourself,” and “I Love Puppies.”
The signs will remain up until June 8, according to the teachers who supervised the activity.
“This, and other activities like it, are conducted in the classrooms as a way to inspire students to be creative and avoid destructive kinds of activity like using drugs and alcohol,” said Charlotte Myers, a certified prevention specialist in the schools, a position funded by the Wayne County Drug and Alcohol Commission.
“There was a great deal of enthusiasm shown here, not just by the students but also by many adults who were passing by,” said Ellen Silberlicht, an art teacher.