From elementary school to high school -- hundreds of people packed Whitmer stadium to take a stand. It was the 24th annual 'Candlelight Walk for a Drug Free Community'.
Students, parents, and staff from across the district came together to kick off the district's drug prevention programs.
"I wanted to get involved because its something positive it's something to look forward to and show other people they should get involved," says Whitmer junior, Cierra Floyd.
Floyd says peer pressure is a real issue in high school. But she and other students took a pledge to live a drug free, healthy life.
"You have obstacles that's hard thrown at you everyday just something you need to get through," Floyd tells 13abc.
According to the National Institution on Drug Abuse -- more than 3 percent of 8th graders and 28 percent of 12th graders reported getting drunk in the last month. Marijuana use among teens is on the rise. That's why school leaders say this walk and it's message is so important.
"We're really looking at this as a way to partner with parents and promote a positive message and stimulate a good conversation to help the kids," says Neil Rochotte, director of Student Services.
The goal was to shine a light on a growing concern.