Middle school drug and alcohol prevention program planned for Florence eighth graders

Aurora Rescue Squad provides support during the 2017 Keeping It Real program, an experiential program for eighth graders and their parents/guardians offered in collaboration with many community partners to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse.

FLORENCE, Wis. — Through the assistance of the Florence County School District, Florence County Health Department, Florence County Human Services, and UW-Extension, the Florence County eighth grade students along with their parents or caregivers, will have the opportunity to participate in a drug and alcohol awareness and prevention program from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 17.

Programming will take place at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College–Hillcrest Campus. Lunch will be provided to all participants. Students participating with a parent or other caregiver will be entered into a drawing for an iPod Touch and other prize giveaways. There is no cost to attend this event.

The programming will help students recognize the risks and consequences of drug and alcohol related activity and become prepared to act assertively in refusing offers to use drugs and alcohol. Speakers will share real-life stories of past decisions and the lifelong impact those choices have made in one’s life.

Often times, parents may not know how to start a conversation about this topic. Let us start the conversation for you with your participation in this rewarding event. And, help students build upon the skills necessary and the reasons it is important to refuse drugs and alcohol.

For further information, contact Annette Seibold, Florence County Health director, at 715-528-4837 or Jen Steber, Florence County Human services director, at 528-3296.