Counselors from Omni Youth Services, as well as Dr. Cristina Cortesi, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator of Adlai E. Stevenson High School, also discussed with the students the serious and negative impact alcohol and drugs have on the teenage brain. Students practiced refusal skills. Refusal skills are a set of skills designed to help children avoid participating in high-risk behaviors. Programs designed to discourage drug and alcohol use frequently include refusal skills in their curricula to help students resist peer pressure while maintaining self-respect.
It was an honor to watch as these students shared and engaged in healthy discussions about their future and the importance of making right choices.
Mike Nerheim presented the school with a $500 grant for Red Ribbon Week and even brought Mitchell, the State Attorney's adorable comfort dog. Students from West Oaks Stand Strong Middle School Catalyst Club started the assembly by introducing themselves and the why behind their club. Club members shared facts with fellow students, including how most kids do not drink and do drugs. The theme of Red Ribbon Week at West Oak Middle School is "Be the Majority", which encourages students to make wise choices and remain alcohol and drug free.