The South Central Ks Foundation on Chemical Dependency (The Counseling Center) and Prairie Independent Living Resource Center will be hosting the K.L.E.A.N. workshop on Wednesday May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pratt County Fairgrounds.
K.L.E.A.N. stands for Kids Living Every Day Alcohol and Drug Free Network. This workshop was created to educate Skyline and Pratt Junior High Students about alcoohol and drug prevention.
Tracy Green, Executive Director of the Counseling Center developed the project three years ago and has continued to develop it in partner ship with PILR. Recognizing the alarming statistics that reflect alcohol and drug use by a growing number of younger students. The workshop has grown to include over 300 students this year from Kingman, Pratt and Skyline Junior High School. The theme is about “Look Who’s Got My Back!” Young people need to be more aware of who they let in their “Network” and who they can count on for support in several different situations.
Interactive booths are designed to show the physical, social and psychological negative effects of alcohol and drug use. Some booths include a quiz bowl, use of impairment goggles in various activities, drug canine unit demonstrations, a simulator that demonstrates driving under the influence and young adult guest speakers who share their own personal experiences with alcohol and drug use.
Billy Thompson is a representative with Prairie Independent Living Resource Center an Independent Living Center that works with people with various disabilities and offers services that include advocacy, information and referral services, independent living skills and employment services. Statistics also reflect an alarming amount of young people with disabilities who abuse alcohol and other drugs. K.L.E.A.N. is an example of an event that can reach all segments of our community.
Both PILR and SCKFCD would like to make the community aware of the youth project and are also seeking to expand to the surrounding counties and would appreciate community support which would include volunteers and donations to purchase materials. This year The Peoples Bank, Pratt Regional Medical Center, Prater Oil and Gas, Swaney Veterinary Clinic, Hacker Brothers Construction, Newberry Family Motors, White’s Foodliner and AJ Tire and Repair have made this event possible.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT KLEAN OR OTHER TEEN OR ADULT SERVICES PLEASE CONTACT TRACY GREEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COUNSELING CENTER AT 620-672-7546 OR 1-800-909-6929
Tune in to the Carl Raida Morning Show at 9 a.m. Thursday April 25 on KMMM AM 1290 as Billy and Tracy give you an in depth look into the K.L.E.A.N. workshop.