Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Reach Out Now Teach In

Coalition Coordinator Heidi Bainbridge and Deputy Jon Tharp attended the 5th grade classrooms at Van Buren and the 5th and 6th grade classrooms at Harmony to talk about the dangers of underage drinking. Deputy Tharp talked about the financial costs of underage drinking, the damages to your body, and some of the long term consequences that underage drinking could cost you. He also spoke about how underage drinking effects athletics and academics. The students were able to participate in activity that gave them an opportunity to decide how they would handle a situation with their friend who wanted them to drink alcohol. The student acted out a scenario about saying no and choosing not to use alcohol. The students were also given take home materials that they could share with their family about what they learned.
The coalition thanks the 5th and 6th grade classes for letting us speak to them, and deputy Tharp for the excellent presentation.

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