Prevention peer leaders trained, parent night scheduled

Monday, November 22, 2004

Sixth grade students from John Nash Middle 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 John Nash Middle School who will serve as peer leaders are Kymber Nakaerts, Trent Faulkner, Brittany Brown, Michael Balthazor, Anthony Windt, Allie Jensen, Lukes Gash, Brook Wilkening, Michael Morrison, Karlie Mathy, Courtney Adair, Ed Chouinard, Holly Emmerson, Kyle Frake, and Mary LeDoux.

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 John Nash Middle School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 2, 2004.

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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