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Boardman introduces drug prevention program in schools

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The Boardman School District is now starting their fight against drugs at an early age in the classroom.

The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation funded their new Brain Power Drug Education program with a $15,000 grant.

Students at Boardman High School are determining differences between brain images and learning what they mean.

This is one way how the Brain Power Drug Education program works in the classroom.

Nancy Pommerening, the Director at Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc. says, “Teachers are very appreciative of the program because it integrates so well with the curriculum. It's already part of the science and the health program.”

The program starts in kindergarten with crayons and Play-Doh. Then as it continues to a high school setting students have laptops and more scientific lessons.

 “We need to reach children early and often. We have discovered that when we reach children at every transitional stage of development beginning at the very earliest ages, that's when we can truly begin to change this behavior,” adds Pommerening.

This prevention of addictive behavior is important to Boardman Schools.

“If we can educate them and empower them and give them the knowledge I think that will last a lifetime not just a snapshot,” says Boardman School Superintendent Tim Saxton.

Other school districts such as Austintown and Struthers already have this program in place and see its success.

Joe Nohra, the Struthers City School Superintendent says, “What we're seeing is kids are communicating to us ‘I wanna make a positive choice. I've seen my brother; I've seen my uncle; I've seen my cousin; I lost my father to drug addiction.’ I've had students say that to us and they know it's a fight. It's a battle.”

That success is now expected with this program in Boardman City Schools.

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