Katie Backus of Oswego County Division of Social Services/Mental Hygiene is among the 22 counselors, educators and representatives from substance abuse prevention agencies named as Regional Coordinators for the 2009-2010 Rite Aid Drug Quiz Show, a statewide drug and alcohol prevention and education program that targets youth in grades 5-8.
Each year, the Drug Quiz Show challenges more than 30,000 students from nearly 250 schools to test their knowledge of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs during game-show style competitions. Students kick off the year with classroom or school-wide playoffs to select a team that advances to district and regional events, leading up to the New York State Regional Playoffs and Finals.
Regional Coordinators plan and administer in-school and regional competitions, and help students study the Drug Quiz Show Ã¢â‚¬Å“Learning Centers,Ã¢â‚¬Â a set of guides that contain drug abuse prevention information.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Through the efforts of our Regional Coordinators, students gain the knowledge and skills needed to make safe, healthy decisions,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Susan Meidenbauer, Executive Director of the Drug Quiz Show. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are fortunate to have so many talented professionals who are committed to this program. Our Regional Coordinators are the reason for its success each year.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rite Aid is proud to sponsor the Drug Quiz Show, because education is the first step to addressing any problem,Ã¢â‚¬Â says John Learish, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Rite Aid. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In addition to educating students on the dangers of substance abuse, the Drug Quiz Show arms students with other valuable life skills, like self-confidence, teamwork, responsibility and good sportsmanship.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Regional Coordinators piloting this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s program include:
Allegany: Bobbi Jo Baldwin, Allegany Council on Alcoholism; Cattaraugus: Dr. Anthony Evans, Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau; Chenango: Kevin Nial, Chenango County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services; City of Syracuse: Mark Mason, Blodgett Middle School; Cortland: Leslie Wilkins, Family Counseling Services; Broome/Delaware/Tioga: Kathy Neiss, Elks/South Central district; Fulton/Saratoga: Yvonne Major, HFM Prevention Council; Hamilton: Dorean Page, HFM Prevention Council; Herkimer: Maureen Petrie, Herkimer County Prevention Council; Montgomery: Margaret Clark, HFM Prevention Council; Oneida: Samantha McCarthy, Mohawk Valley Council on Alcoholism/Addictions; Onondaga: Nicole Smith, Prevention Network/OCAA; Oswego: Katie Backus, Oswego County DSS/Mental Hygiene; Otsego: Vicky Wasiel, LEAF; St. Lawrence: Jenny Pryce, Seaway Valley Prevention Council; Seneca: Elizabeth Wiatrowski, Council on Alcoholism of the Finger Lakes; Steuben: Susan Hooker, Hornell Area Concern for Youth; Syracuse Diocese: Brenda Reichert; Tompkins: Jennifer Astles, Tompkins Seneca Tioga BOCES; Warren/Washington: Jennifer Wood, Council for Prevention of Alcohol & Substance Abuse; Wayne: Jeanna Buisch, Council on Alcoholism of the Finger Lakes; and Wyoming: Eric Perry Wyoming County Partners for Prevention.
To learn more about the Rite Aid Drug Quiz Show, contact Susan Meidenbauer at 315-471-3624 or visit www.drugquizshow.org.