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Wal-Mart Donates Money
to UW-Eau Claire Program
MAILED: Feb. 4, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- The Eau Claire Teen Institute, housed at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, received a $3,000 donation from the Wal-Mart Distribution Center to help support an alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse prevention program this summer.
The donation will be used to pay for tuition and supply costs 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, 75 of whom are able to attend because of Wal-Mart's contribution.
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 drug abuse, Stevens said.
"The program's major emphasis is primary prevention," Stevens said. "During the program students practice communication skills and learn how to make proactive choices to make good decisions."
Parents of the teens will join the seminar the first evening to hear a speech on parenting and prevention to learn 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: Feb. 6, 1998