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Page 6 Chenev Free Press Thursday, September23, 1982 DRUG ABUSE: Pilot program gives kids 'the facts' iii i i i 'Here's looking at' A healthy self-image, decision mak- ing, coping skills and information... important skills for any individual; when the subject of drug and alcohol abuse comes up these same skills can be life-saving. For the first time this year, an expanded number of Cheney school district students will receive the bene- fits of an innovative chemical aware- ness program launched by the district as a pilot program last year. According to Salnave teacher Doreen Maakestad, program facilitator for the drug awareness curriculum, fourth, fifth and sixth grade, students will participate in the "Here's Looking at You" program this year. Seventh and eighth grade students already receive education in drug and alcohol abuse. "What we do is to make them feel so important, so valuable as individuals that the kids on their own come to feel, 'Why should I put anything like drugs into my body,' "she said. The four-part program uses a multi- media approach which deals with drugs such as marijuana, alcohol, coffee, cigarettes and even sugar. During the program, students are encouraged to develop a good self-concept of them- selves as valuable human beings. In addition to self-image enhancement, the course prdvides skills for making choices and uses role-playing to help students in bad situations decide in advance some of the alternatives to chemical abuse which might be avail- able to them. Subjects such as peer pressure and drug abuse in the family setting are also addressed. Often, children of an alcoholic home or similar situation need to realize that they are not alone in their problem, she said. In addition to these skills, the pro- gram provides large quantities of "very clinical" information to enhance the store of facts students can use to justify their decisions about whether or not to join the growing number of young drug-users in Spokane County. While national statistics indicate a decline in drug use, Maakestad main- tained that because Spokane is often two to three years "behind the times" many young students in the county are experimenting with drug which, as in the case of marijuana, are more potent than mose available a few years ago. "We are very careful not to make moral judgements in the of the beauties of the course is that our teachers are trained to provide up-to- date and accurate information, but the students ultimately have to make their own decisions," she said. The program model in use this year avoids scare tactics and has been adopted nationally by many school districts following its successful pilot in Bellevue. Maakestad noted that former sac er wguua h tzw o uum alcohol training in.the district through a federal grant in 1980, and is now a training specialist for the Spokane County Health District, was instrumen- tal in laying the groundwork for the establishment of Cheney's present pro- gram. !! Unit leaders Salnsve School fifth grade teacher Dor. sen Maakestad, left, discusses the pilot drug abuse education program with Janet Goold end Olivia McCarthy. The pilot program also was conducted this year by Betz School sixth grade teacher Leo Moore and Sunset School fourth grade teacher Babbs Glardhsrt. The party "The Party-.What Would You Do. o" is the title of an open.ended play, written by the students. It asks students how party when they discover drugs are being used and are asked to use them. From left are Becky Olmstead, Lauritsen, Connie ZeUars, Cheryle Cook, Jason Wrede and Chuck Parker. text by Marl Perrotti photos by Tom Thrun A game? Students created a "Decision Jeopardy" game to help young adults learn how to cope with situations Involving drugs. A student landing on "Dscision" squares must take a =Decision" card, which asks the student how he or she might react under a given situation. Above, from left, are Geoff Holland and Bryan Jennlngs. I'm special History We are all special people. Part of the drug abuse education program is to help children to improve their self image. Above, Steven Nalder and LynnEtta Rltter add their thumb prints to a poster. The con- cept, of course, is to note that each student Is a different and unique being. Michelle Knokey, left, and Bobby Spoonm, second from right, put together a film stdp on the history of such drugs as alcohol, marijuana, LSD, opium, moq)hlmk heroine and co- caine. To become drunk... Jenny Steen showed the effects of al- cohol on the body. As she indicates with her index finger, a 200-pound man can drink up to seven mixed drinks in an hour, however, the results of such an action may be enough to cause the person to lose consciousness. What is a drug? Effects of booze What is s drug? Justin Zellara of common products which maY! home, Including coffee. The as "any substance that effects and mind function." Alcohol does affect the Above, Jeff Davis notes that the outer areas of the brain, more alcohol consumed, the the brain, affecting balance and are Mark Knokey and Ryan Trulove.