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posted: Sun, Nov 11th, 2018

Positive footsteps

Mountain View third-graders are ready to lead healthy lives, thanks to a recent program. 

Footsteps for Life, from Morris County Prevention is Key, taught the students strategies to grow up healthy and drug-free. The six weekly sessions focused on making good decisions, interpersonal skills, cultural respect, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution. Weekly homework assignments and educational sheets reinforced the lessons between classes and involved parents in the learning experience.

The program gave students the opportunity to practice in a fun way the skills they had learned. Students used puppets to role-play and act out various scenarios that might occur in real life, including those involving peer conflict.

“The kids loved it,” said Kate Devins, school counselor. “It taught them the words to say to express themselves and their feelings to peacefully resolve a problem with a classmate. The program also helped them realize the importance of being considerate. They learned they have a voice that can affect the feelings and behaviors of others.”

Morris County Prevention is Key Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization that addresses health and well-being issues including substance abuse and violence prevention. The organization provides research-based educational programs, professional development training, advocacy, and referral services.

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