Mt. Abe students and governor meet to discuss health topics

Five students from Mount Abraham Union High School attended the Governor's Youth Leadership Conference this fall which provided a day of workshops and networking for students who want to promote healthy life choices for themselves and their peers. Workshop topics ranged from raising awareness about depression and eating disorders to reducing teen smoking and alcohol use. Speakers included Governor Jim Douglas and Eddie Slowikowski. The students who attended the Conference are members of the Mt. Abraham High School SPLASH group (Students Promoting Life Activities Safely and Healthfully). Since the conference, the SPLASH group has met weekly to plan and implement activities to raise awareness of healthy life choices. This week, they provided a Red Ribbon Tree at school to allow members of the school community to honor friends and family who had been affected by impaired driving. At the end of the week, the tree, which was donated to the school by Ken Weston's Tree Farm, was given to a family in need for the holidays. Students also adorned cars at the school with red ribbons and a post card reminding drivers to have a safe holiday by choosing not to drink and drive, to decline rides with anyone who has been drinking, and to wear a seat belt. The students plan to conduct a number of other activities throughout the year.

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