|Perrysburg teens can show how they are 'ABOVE' drugs, alcohol|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:15|
PERRYSBURG - Teens working to reduce teen alcohol use received a boost to their efforts earlier this month.
The Perrysburg Alternative to Substance Abuse Teen Board received a $750 grant from Drug-Free Action Alliance with funds made possible through the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, to fund the ABOVE Project.
Project ABOVE is a teen-led effort in which high school and junior high students will have the opportunity to artistically represent how or why they are ABOVE the influence of drugs and alcohol.
A banner will be created and hung, then PASA teens will hold a ceremony to celebrate the majority of teens who are not using drugs and alcohol. PASA teens will also speak to the community about the importance of prevention and talking with children about drug and alcohol use.
The PASA Teen Board, a component of Prevention Partners, is a group of high school students who volunteer in the community, educate younger children on the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use, and act as positive role models for other teens.
Taylor Jordan, a senior at Perrysburg High School and member of the PASA Teen Board, took an active role in developing the ABOVE Project and the grant proposal.
"I'm really excited about it," he said about receiving the grant. "I can't wait to showcase the great students in Perrysburg through the ABOVE Project."
Michelle Erford, Prevention Partners program coordinator, said the project will make a positive impact on the Perrysburg community.
"I am so proud of the initiative, creativity, and leadership the teen board high school students have shown in developing the ABOVE Project," she said.
The teen board will also hold a St. Patrick's Day dance at the Fort Meigs YMCA March 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The dance will be open to all seventh and eighth-grade students in Perrysburg.
For more information contact Erford at (419) 874-4242.
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