Annette Haining the Tobacco Educator Coordinator for Marshall County appeared before the Commissioners on Monday with updates and questions.
One event coming up will take place in all 7 high schools in the county. The Remedy Live Program, Get Schooled Tour is a one-hour program engaging students in a conversation about their mental health and using their cellphones or tablets Remedy Live will gather data from the students anonymously such as are you suicidal, are you vaping, and have you been abused. The schools will have access to the data within minutes and be able to learn about the mental and social needs of their students.
Haining said the cost for the program is $5,000 per school and includes a 3-year contract that also opens access to a hotline 24/7. Tobacco Free is looking for grants and additional funding to help support the schools.
Haining said a second program planned this fall is “Say Boo to Drugs” on October 25th at the amphitheater in Centennial Park in Plymouth. There will be 20 booths from many local not-for-profits such as CASA, the Boys & Girls Club, Dustin’s Place, David’s Courage, Serenity Place, and more but there is a need for sponsors.
The goal of “Say Boo to Drugs” is to provide the community with a SAFE Trick or Treat event while also getting prevention materials into the hands of families so they can start having important discussions with their loved ones about how to keep themselves and their community safe and healthy. This will be a FREE event.
Community prevention partners will come together for one night of fun for the children and families in the community to pass out candy and trinkets along with printed education materials. “Say Boo to Drugs” will take place during Red Ribbon Week and they are partnering with Project HOPE.
Haining said they still need $4,000 to host their 1st “Say Boo to Drugs” event in Marshall County. She is looking for businesses and industries that would be willing to sponsor a not-for-profit to participate in the evening’s events.
For more information on sponsoring Remedy Live or “Say Boo to Drugs” contact Annette Haining, Tobacco Education Coordinator for Marshall County at 574-948-4988.