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Peer Educators Teach Power of Positivity

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Eighth-grade students at Accompsett Middle School are taking the opportunity to educate their classmates about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the importance of positive decision-making.

The I’m Somebody program reinforces positive decision-making and the risks of drug and alcohol abuse as well as social media and our youth. Prevention specialist Gail Feldman from the Suffolk County Division of Mental Hygiene, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services trained 12 select eighth-grade students at Accompsett Middle School about the importance of standing up for yourself and what you feel is right, withstanding peer pressure, the role of values in our lives as well as positive decision-making.  

Accompsett counselors then continued this training with these students and helped to create a 40-minute lesson where the eighth-graders presented to sixth-grade English classes during April and May.