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Parents encouraged to be ‘real’

On Dec. 1, Cliff Baskerville with Choosing the Best abstinence education program presents information to parents at the first Family Night held for the year. Parents were inundated with statistics and facts as well as skills to help their children be better decision-makers. Parents were encouraged to be “real” models (practice what you preach) instead of “roll” models (rolling in and out of your child’s life). Students in the program are learning important decision-making skills for life-setting goals and boundaries, weighing the options, standing up against peer pressure, seeking what is best rather than settling for what is good. The program was presented in part with the Decatur County Family Connection Collaborative, which was awarded an abstinence education grant that includes daily activities with middle school students in the ALTO program at Bainbridge High Westside PLC. Elizabeth Whaley is the instructor.