Wellspring Curriculum Helps in Fight against Substance Use


Substance-abuse awareness and prevention efforts have been standard in schools for decades, from the anti-drug movies of the 1970s to the familiar DARE officers in the classrooms well into the 2000s. Today, as a result of the opioid epidemic, the State Department of Education has put together a collection of resources available to schools. Titled “Curriculum Resources for Educating Children about the Dangers of Substance Abuse”, the report is available on the NJ Department of Education website. The collection of age-appropriate curriculum and lesson plans includes a curriculum developed by Wellspring Center for Prevention, called Footprints for Life. Footprints for Life helps young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. The social competencies that Footprints addresses are planning and decision-making practice, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution - assets identified as promoting positive attitudes and behaviors. Footprints is an evidence based...

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