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Tahoe-Truckee schools honored for drug, alcohol prevention efforts

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From left, TT-FWDD Chair and Truckee Police Chief Adam McGill; TTUSD Superintendent Rob Leri; NTHS Health-P.E. Teacher and Athlete Committed Advisor Jessi Ernst; NTHS Vice-Principal Alejo Padilla; THS Health PE Teacher and Athlete Committed Advisor Renee Farwig-Collins; TTUSD Executive Director of Student Services Corine Harvey; THS Senior and FNL Club President Gloria Garcia and THS Social Science Teacher and FNL advisor Anne Fischer.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence (TT-FWDD) Coalition members, community partners and volunteers gathered Sept. 22 at Truckee Town Hall to honor its volunteer base for their efforts to prevent teen drug and alcohol abuse.

To highlight the value and role community partners play, TT-FWDD honors one agency each year for their outstanding service.

TT-FWDD's 2015 Agency Partner of the Year was awarded to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, in appreciation for their outstanding vision and support of substance abuse prevention efforts for local youth.

TTUSD provided more than 365 hours of collaborative efforts in 2015 on the part of school administration, teachers, coaches and translators to reduce youth drug and alcohol use.

Below are some highlights:

The launch of Athlete Committed, reaching more than 250 students and 150 parents in North Tahoe and Truckee.

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3 years of implementation of the Tahoe Forest Health System-sponsored and evidence-based Alcohol EDU in Health classes, serving 951 students for 2,105 hours of alcohol specific prevention education, including guest speakers in recovery.

Distribution of more than 1,300 "Parent & Adult Committed to Stopping Underage Drinking and Drug Use" pledges in back-to-school mailings and 150 Athlete Committed pledges at code nights.

Establishment of youth-development focused Friday Night Live (FNL) and Club Live at middle and high schools, involving youth planning and implementing safe and sober activities on Friday nights for their peers, and teen community service and leadership.

Support of the town of Truckee's Social Host Ordinance Teen Party Law.

This article was submitted by the Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence Coalition. Visit http://www.ttfwdd.com or call 530-550-2309 to learn more.