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Rossford Schools work on drug and alcohol prevention


Nearly 8 percent of Rossford eighth-graders say they've used alcohol this year. Now a district program is helping students make positive choices.

According to the district's prevention surveys, 35 percent of students will have used alcohol by the time they reach high school. Jim Snider is working to change that.

"Just because you make one mistake, you shouldn't judge yourself," said Snider, prevention specialist with the Wood County Educational Service Center.

Snider is in Rossford classrooms every day, teaching students about drug and alcohol prevention. He warns that just because students may still be playing with toys doesn't mean they are not faced with grown up decisions.

"The number one drug of abuse in all of our youth is alcohol," Snider said. "When you look at most kids, if you ask the child where could they get alcohol from, they say, ‘I can go home, it's right there.'"

Snider starts teaching students as early as second grade about the importance of being drug-free.

"It's never too early," said Jeremy Sims, a Rossford parent. "It shouldn't just be taught in school, it should be taught at home, too. Even if you're a parent and you do things like that, you shouldn't do things like that in front of your kids."

In class, students learn that having a positive self image will help them say no to drugs.

"Young people make bad choices sometimes," Snider said. "It doesn't make them bad children."

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