During Red Ribbon Week, Indian Lake third graders learned valuable information about avoiding tobacco addiction and reliance on other similar substances.
Each year Nikki Trout and Diane Mouser use the “Life Skills Training” curriculum to reach out to third graders about difficult issues like having positive self-esteem, techniques for handling stress, and making good decisions.
Trout talked to the students Oct. 24 about effects tobacco has on the body and showed the students her bottle of tar that sticks to lungs when people smoke. She said, “Don’t start a bad habit if you know it’s not good for you! That’s not cool!”
She also held up two giant lists of hard-to-understand ingredients that are included in tobacco products. “Why would you put something in your mouth if you don’t know what it is?” she asked.
The pair also gave students advice about respectfully talking to parents or other adults who might use tobacco products.
The “Life Skills Training” program is brought to Indian Lake through Trout’s company Nitro Networks. It is funded by a special grant. The pair will be back in the spring to work with fourth graders.
The Indian Lake Students Against Destructive Decisions planned additional Red Ribbon Week activities all week, including dressing in themes each day and a special assembly at the high school.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.