Updated 03/13/2010 05:27 PM
SMART program teaches teens to say no to drugs
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GREENSBORO – Drugs and alcohol are a growing problems teenagers now face both in and out of school. So students in Guilford County are tackling the tough issue head-on through a program called Student Mentoring Awareness Resource Team, or SMART.
The club aims at helping middle and high school students gain the tool to teach their peers the importance of staying off drugs.
“During football games, we make announcements on the intercom during half times and time outs, and we have luncheons that talk about drugs and their effects,” Southwest Guilford High School junior Shalanda Grier said.
“I think it's cooler not to do those things because it's almost degrading yourself to do those things,” Shalanda Grier's twin brother, Sean Grier, said.
And while they're involved and taking part in the program now, many of these students say they'll continue to use the skills they've gained, long into the future.
"[We hope] that they would remember today, that they would remember what they've learned, that they would remember that it's important no matter how old you are to make the right choice, because we're trying to create good citizens in our society," said Vernice Thomas, director of Character Development and Safe Schools in Guilford County.
This is the fifth year Guilford County students have taken part in the SMART program.