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Prevention peer leaders trained, parent night scheduled

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Sixth grade students from Kennedy Middle Grade School have been trained as peer leaders in the Slick Tracy Home Team Program – part of a comprehensive, research-based underage drinking prevention curriculum proven to deter the onset of alcohol use by youth.

The program is offered through the Pledge for Life Partnership – Life Education Center program to 17 participating schools in Kankakee and Iroquois counties. Components for 6th, 7th and 8th graders focus on parent communication, peer influence and community response to adolescent alcohol use. It was developed by the Hazelden Foundation and the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and was evaluated in the largest and most rigorous alcohol use prevention trial ever funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Students from Kennedy Middle Grade School who will serve as peer leaders are Nicholas Allen, Jasmine Breed, Margaret Doyle, Aaron Hall, Destinne Sargeant, Briana Bury, Burnell Harris, Jr., Michael Mcvey, Cody Netzel, Kaitlyn Pasel, Letavia Key, Courtney Nunn, Macy Drazy, Niquolas Ruffin, Aaron Willis, Thomas Korsgard, Brionte Hamilton, Sara Marcotte, Bria Thomas, Seth Turner, Justin Hunger, Trent Peeler, Paige Penrod, Ashley Peterson, ToVonte’ Dabney, Bria Johnson, Keira Johnson, Dominique Kimpel, Bryan Terrell, Uzziel Ceja, Karla Olivas, Michelle Shorter, Jocelyn Williams, Oshae Nunn, Alexis Adams-Wright, Jacquelyn Fortin, Tanner Perry, Travis Sackett, Jose Hernandez, Shante’ Tooles, Christepher Anderson, Tre’varius Harris, William Love, Domonique Robinson, and Chadari Williams.

Slick Tracy’s primary focus is to get parents and their children talking about the dangers of alcohol use. At the end of instruction, parent family events are held where students
share what they have learned with their parents and the community. A Slick Tracy Family Poster Night is scheduled for Kennedy Middle Grade School at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 in the Cafeteria.

To learn more about the Pledge for Life Partnership – Life Education Center’s underage drinking prevention efforts, call the Partnership office at 936-4606.

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