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Project Purple initiative spreads to Sauquoit Valley Central School

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Project Purple has now made its way from New Hartford to Sauquoit Valley Central School.

Twenty New Hartford students have made it their mission to say not to drugs, and to get others in their school to say no as well.

Project Purple is a national initiative of the Herren Project, a nonprofit established by former NBA basketball player Chris Herren, who battled addiction problems and spoke at New Hartford High School in November.

That's when the New Hartford students formed their own Project Purple group. On Friday, they were invited to talk to some middle schoolers at Sauquoit Valley.

"It's not tougher to reach out to the kids," said Mike Peterson, a New Hartford High School sophomore. "You just have to change your approach to who you're talking to. It's not too late ever to stop doing what you're doing and have a healthy lifestyle."

The Project Purple concept was developed when Herren spoke at a high school in 2011 and the front row of students were wearing purple shirts.

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