The article about the 130 Smithtown middle and high school students pledging to live alcohol- and drug-free was very inspiring .

I am ecstatic that these students pledge not to put that crap in their bodies. Reading that a 16-year-old girl, Alexandra Berti, came up with the idea for the pledge and art project was also awe-inspiring.

If more youth chose to be bold and live without substance use, then the world would be a much better place.

Matthew Smith, Plainview