Area schools receives state money for alcohol, drug, vaping challenges

Wisconsin school, district report cards issued for 2016-17
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

MADISON, Wis. (AP)- The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction awarded $65,430 in grants to student groups from across the state for their leadership roles in addressing alcohol, drugs, and vaping challenges in local schools.

Alma High School’s Partnership Council will receive a $1000 grant and Osseo-Fairchild High School was granted $900 for their Above and Beyond program.

The 78 student-led groups were each awarded funds totaling up to $1,000 through the DPI’s Student Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Mini-grant Program. In its 31st year, the program supports education, prevention, and intervention initiatives designed by students to target substances and other youth risk behaviors such as bullying prevention, healthy choices, and equity.

“Positive peer influence is a powerful prevention tool for many risks and challenges facing students in our schools,” State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said. “For more than three decades, the Student AODA Mini-grant Program has helped inspire students to be the change. The DPI is proud to support students making these positive changes in their respective schools.”

This year, the DPI’s Student AODA Mini-grant Program encouraged applicants to specifically address tobacco and vaping in their efforts in developing initiatives.