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8 percent of Rossford eighth-graders say they've used alcohol this year. Now a
district program is helping students make positive choices.
to the district's prevention surveys, 35 percent of students will have used
alcohol by the time they reach high school. Jim Snider is working to change
because you make one mistake, you shouldn't judge yourself," said Snider,
prevention specialist with the Wood County Educational Service Center.
is in Rossford classrooms every day, teaching students about drug and alcohol
prevention. He warns that just because students may still be playing with toys
doesn't mean they are not faced with grown up decisions.
number one drug of abuse in all of our youth is alcohol," Snider said. "When
you look at most kids, if you ask the child where could they get alcohol from,
they say, ‘I can go home, it's right there.'"
starts teaching students as early as second grade about the importance of being
never too early," said Jeremy Sims, a Rossford parent. "It shouldn't just be
taught in school, it should be taught at home, too. Even if you're a parent and
you do things like that, you shouldn't do things like that in front of your
class, students learn that having a positive self image will help them say no
people make bad choices sometimes," Snider said. "It doesn't make them bad