||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Wal-Mart Donates Money
to UW-Eau Claire Program |
MAILED: February 10, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- The Eau Claire Teen Institute, housed at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, received a $3,000 donation from Wal-Mart Distribution Center Associates to help support an alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse prevention program this summer.
The donation will be used to underwrite speakers fees and food and lodging during the Teen Institute seminar held on the UW-Eau Claire campus June 9-12.
In its 24th year, the seminar is an educational and experiential program designed to bring students together to learn about the problems of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse and take that information back to their homes, schools, and communities, said Douglas Stevens, director of continuing education for the College of Arts and Sciences.
More than 115 students in seventh and eighth grades from seven surrounding counties are expected to attend the seminar, many of whom are able to attend because of Wal-Mart Distribution Center Associate's contributions.
The students will be housed in Horan Hall and will participate in large and small group discussions and programs designed to encourage the exchange of ideas, thoughts and attitudes surrounding alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, Stevens said.
"The program's major emphasis is on primary prevention," Stevens said. "During the program students practice communication skills and learn decision making skills to make positive choices in their lives."
Parents of the teens will join the seminar the first evening to hear a speech on parenting and prevention that focuses on how to discuss alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues with their children, as well as introduce them to skills needed to set limits for their youths, he said.
The Eau Claire Teen Institute is planned, implemented and evaluated by a steering committee comprised of prevention specialists from each of the counties involved and UW-Eau Claire. Counties include Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Price and Rusk.
This will be the fifth year of addressing seventh- and eighth-graders as the target audience as well as inclusion of parents. Prior to that, the focus was on senior high school students, Stevens said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 6, 1998