WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty-Salem Schools launched a “Drug Free” project for middle and high school students. The project, funded by a grant from the Mary Rutan Foundation, was created by the WL-S high school Key Club to encourage students to be drug free. The goal is to educate and build camaraderie and morale of the student body.
The kick-off started with an all-day obstacle course sponsored by the Ohio Army National Guard. Students in grades 6-12 competed in activities that focused on leadership, team and confidence building skills. Students also completed a short survey related to their opinions and perceptions about local drug use.
A student assembly was planned to provide the survey results, to discuss the benefits and challenges of making healthy, positive choices, and to initiate the Challenge phase of the project.
From Christmas break through February, students will be challenged to participate in various school and community drug-free events and activities to earn points for their grade. Three student ambassadors were selected in each grade to motivate their peers and keep the momentum going throughout the project.
At the end of the Challenge phase, the middle school grade with the most points will be rewarded with a catered pizza party lunch and celebration. The high school grade with the most points will be rewarded with an overnight lock-in at the Hilliker YMCA with food and entertainment. A post-survey will be completed to measure results.
Submitted by the West Liberty-Salem school district.