Wood County JTI (Junior Teen Institute) and TI (Teen Institute) members walked in the Rossford Halloween parade on October 30th to send the message that “To be Drug and Alcohol-Free is The New Cool."
The New Cool is a media campaign sponsored by the Reducing Alcohol Abuse in Secondary Schools (RAASS) grant through the Wood County Educational Service Center's School and Community-Based Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Program, which targets the dangers of underage drinking, and encourages communities to take a stance to change the attitudes and beliefs about underage drinking.
Eleven junior high and high school students from Lake, along with two Penta students walked alongside parents and community members holding a sign explaining “The New Cool” campaign. Supporting their efforts were Lake Schools Prevention Specialist Jeanine Lindquist, and the Prevention Specialist at Penta, Linda Logue. In addition, Lake TI and JTI students helped to create 2 “floats” out of grocery carts, and won 2nd place for their unique creation.
Karris Pugh, a TI member at Lake, stated that "it’s easy to have fun without worrying about the dangers that occur when you including alcohol, and other drugs."