District replaces DARE

"We tell them it's not your fault and demonstrate what alcohol does to family life. It's an interesting program and kids enjoy it," said Marin.

To keep the younger kids' attention and help the information really sink in, the curriculum is heavy on games.

"We do spinner games and it's excellent," said Marin.

Because the Prevention Council is a non-profit, the "Too Good For Drugs" program gets help from council educators and the teacahers.

"We have teachers doing four lessons and us doing four lessons because we can't do all of them," said Marin.

"Too Good For Drugs" is supposed to show "measurable changes in students' attitudes and behaviors" before and after the lessons are taught. To gauge this progress, teachers administer pre- and post-tests.

"So far the response from students and teachers has been really good," said Marin. "The principals have mentioned that they've received positive feedback from parents about the interactive parent/child worksheets, too."

Saratoga Springs might be the latest area school district to implement "Too Good For Drugs" but the curriculum is already a part of schools in Galway, Mechanicville, South Glens Falls, Corinth, Stillwater and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, targeting third, fourth, sixth and seventh grades, said Marin.

"Wherever school districts have requested or done different programs, we convert them to this program because we have science-based criteria," said Marin.

This is the first year "Too Good For Drugs" has been offered to fifth graders and Marin said she thinks it's a great age to start.

"It's a perfect place to put it in fifth grade because they're heading to middle school," said Marin.

For more information about the program, visit the Prevention Council online at www.preventioncouncil.org.


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