Students Gain Life Skills From Peers

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Fifth-graders at Pulaski Street Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District recently learned some valuable tips and skills for leading a drug-free life.

The lesson came through a communication workshop held on April 20 by the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. The workshop was one of several Life Skills presentations offered to fifth- and sixth-graders throughout the year by CAP, a cumulative substance abuse prevention program now in its 36th year. 

During the session, trained CAP volunteers and eighth-grade peer leaders taught the elementary schoolers a variety of communication tactics to say no to drugs and alcohol, which the students were encouraged to practice through role-playing. 

“This workshop gives students the opportunity to hone their communication skills,” said Karen Keller, clinical supervisor and middle school social worker for CAP. “More importantly, it teaches them that there are many ways to say no.”

Prior to this session, the fifth-graders attended workshops that focused on healthy decision-making. All of the workshops will culminate with the 33rd annual Say No to Drugs March at Pulaski on June 1.