William S. Hart Union School District’s “Drug Free Youth In Town,” or DFYIT, program members taught Lifelines lessons in sixth grade classrooms Wednesday, and a Lifelines assembly for sixth grade students from Santa Clarita elementary schools is scheduled for Thursday, Hart District officials announced.
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The classroom lessons are broken up into three topics, which include smoking, alcohol and marijuana, and are taught by the sixth graders’ slightly older peers from Santa Clarita junior high and high schools who are involved in their school’s DFYIT program, district officials said.
Included in the lessons are what effects drugs have on the body, resistance skills to say no to friends who suggest smoking, alcohol, or marijuana, the potential for addiction and other aspects of drug abuse, according to a news release by Hart District.
This program has been into more than 30 sixth grade classrooms to date in the Newhall and Sulphur Springs School Districts, with more scheduled in the next few weeks and many having already occurred in the last few weeks, district officials said.
Thursday’s assembly is part of a series of Lifelines assemblies that take place at Santa Clarita junior high schools and feature junior high and high school students involved in their school’s DFYIT program sharing the Lifelines message, district officials said.
The program is a collaborative effort between Hart School District and the Newhall, Saugus and Sulphur Springs School Districts, with support from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department and the city of Santa Clarita, district officials said.
Hart School District provides drug education and prevention programs to current and future students to empower them to choose a drug-free lifestyle, according to the news release.
Wednesday’s classroom lessons took place at Sulphur Springs Elementary School and the Lifelines assembly is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at Rio Norte Junior High School.
For more information about the SCV “Drug Free Youth In Town” program, click here.
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