The Center for Prevention has brought the Footprints for Life program back to Charles Olbon School this year. The Woodland Park Municipal Alliance Against Alcoholism and Drug Abuse funded the program for all second grade classes.
The six-week early prevention program teaches important life skills to the students through the use of puppets and stories that feature real life situations. The program offers a chance for students to practice the skills they have learned in a fun and non-threatening way. The lessons address decision-making practice, inter-personal skills, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution.
At one session, students went over past messages such as using their “solutions stoplight.” Red means stop and take a breath; yellow is share feelings and “I” messages; and green means come up with a resolution.
In the session, the facilitator, Catherine Apostol, covered smoking and vaping. Students learned about why people start, what is bad about it and what is in a cigarette and vape. They also did an exercise using straws that demonstrated the difficulties a smoker can have breathing.