West Middle School Participating in Teen-Oriented Substance Abuse Prevention Program

October 6, 2014 12:00 am

West Middle School is participating in a teen-oriented substance abuse prevention and education program. It teaches teens about the realities and consequences of substance use. WreckED encourages teens to think more introspectively about their own and their friend’s, behaviors regarding alcohol and other drugs and to consider the associated consequences of getting involved. In addition to getting students to take a close look at themselves, the program motivates them to be proactive in looking out for friends.

The program consists of a single session in which a small group of students watch a ten-minute video followed by a discussion or card game under the direction of a member of the Drug Free Communities of Kay County staff. West students will be provided the program through advisory classes. Each advisory class will be divided into two groups; one group will remain in the advisory classroom and the other will be sent to the office conference room. It will take several months to work through all advisories as the program will be offered on Monday and Wednesdays only beginning October 20. Seventh grade teams will be scheduled this semester with sixth grades 2nd semester.

In addition to the single session, students will watch brief video presentations from time to time while they are seated in the auditorium before school. WreckED is sponsored by the West Safe and Healthy Schools Committee and is being directed by Will Hitchcock, PhD LADC, project director for Drug Free Communities of Kay County. If you would like additional information about the program you may visit drugfree.org/pact360 or call West Middle School at 580-767-8020.