Submitted by Jean Simers

The eighth Saturday Fun and Learning Day sponsored by Heads Up, GEAR UP and the Parent-Educator Resource Center was held Saturday, April 21st at Calhoun Middle-High School.

Breakfast was served to all participants and then parents attended a session conducted by Carrie Brainard, Regional Tobacco Prevention Coalition Coordinator with the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department while the children enjoyed games.

The parents and students were reunited for a Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Olympic Day.

Carlene Frederick (top) demonstrates snuff ingredients,
Joyce Morgan (bottom) explains content of unhealthy food

Carlene Frederick's booth demonstrated the ingredients in snuff. Joyce Morgan, school health nurse's booth dealt with nutrition - she showed the fat and sugar content of common foods.

Calhoun County School's booth displayed the consequences of using alcohol, drugs or tobacco on school property along with demonstrating the effects of alcohol using "Drunk Goggles."

Drunk goggles are used in drunk driving prevention and awareness programs. They simulate the effects of impairment, including reduced alertness, slowed reaction time, confusion, visual distortion, alteration of depth and distance perception, reduction of peripheral vision, poor judgment and decision making, double vision, and lack of muscular coordination.

Carrie Brainard (L) with the Tobacco Prevention Coalition,
Larry Baker (R) takes a walk in "drunk goggles" simulators

Carrie Brainard utilized the Wheel of Misfortune to show the consequences of drugs and tobacco, and Barb McKown, of Minnie Hamilton Health System shared tobacco facts through the use of pop ups.

Barb McKown talks about the dangers of tobacco use

Shari Johnson from the Calhoun Middle-High School Youth Force did face painting and had lots of informational pamphlets for participants.

Afterward everyone enjoyed lunch catered by the Middle School Boosters.

There were approximately 120 people in attendance on Saturday with the following parents winning door prizes, $20 Wal-mart gift cards from Heads Up went to Kathy Barr, Anita Fitch, Kristin Miller, and Emma Richards, a GEAR UP Basket was won by Beth Stull.

The parents and children who attended five of the eight sessions are eligible for the May 5th trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo. If you have questions contact Jean Simers, Heads Up Coordinator at 354-7595.