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Survey shows drop in risky behavior

Ruberti said the school has several programs in place that begin in fourth grade teaching students about alcohol prevention and drug abuse.

"It's called the OK Program, which is through BOCES. A person comes in and does a 10-unit lesson on drugs and alcohol," said Ruberti. "Some people might think fourth grade is too young, but it's obviously not when you look at the survey results."

He said the most recent survey results showed that even some sixth-graders admitted to binge drinking.

He said that every two years students take health courses in which they are taught about the dangers of drug abuse and alcohol consumption. He said students are also involved with DARE, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, throughout their time in the Mohonasen Central School District.

The survey also examined how safe students felt in their schools and how supported they felt by teachers and administrators, for example, and school officials said they were pleased with the results that showed that students feel safe and supported in school. Results showed that students are partaking in "social behavior" more than before, such as participating in after-school activities and going to school dances.

"I feel like these have been on the rise and have really taken hold and changed the climate of the school," said Ruberti.

Jones noted that positive improvements in Mohonasen Central School District took work.

"They changed a lot of their structures," Jones said. "They enhanced their opportunities for kids and got them involved in more positive things."

She said the school has also started addressing some of the behaviors directly so kids know there will be consequences or rewards depending on their behavior.

"Our goal is to have all those come out as zeros," said Ruberti of the survey questions about "antisocial behavior."

He added, "We want to continue to improve, and every two to four years, we're going to continue to do the survey and see where we're at and what other programs are working."

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