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Aiming High Program returns to Southern

The Aiming High program gets under way in Southern Local Elementary classrooms. (Submitted photo)

SALINEVILLE — Southern Local Elementary students are learning about good decision-making skills and character traits as the latest installment of the Aiming High program gets under way in classrooms.

Leslie Rivera and Tiffani McAfee, education specialists with the Family Recovery Center of Lisbon, are hosting sessions for first- and fourth-grade classes on Wednesdays from Sept. 18-Oct. 9 and topics focus on life skills such as making good decisions, promoting good health and knowing how to be a good person or citizen. Carmen the Cat will be featured in first-grade rooms for lessons about differences, anger, stop and think and good health while fourth-graders will learn about respecting differences, peer pressure, decision making and medicine safety.

Larry Rudloff, SLES guidance counselor, said each program is age appropriate and more lessons are slated for this year. Fifth- and sixth-grade classes will participate on Wednesdays from Oct. 16-Nov. 13 while kindergarten and second-grade students will take part in February.

“They’ve had a presence at Southern Local for a long time. This is the education unit and they also have a therapy unit,” Rudloff said. “We provide this through a grant they received and it provides kids with the support and components they need.”

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