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Briefs: Apollo-Ridge school program offers drug-prevention session

| Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, 8:58 p.m.
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‘Intro to Drugs' helps parents monitor kids for substance abuse

Apollo-Ridge Student Assistance Program will present “Intro to Drugs: What Kids Don't Want You to Know!” at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Apollo-Ridge High School Auditorium, Route 56, Kiski Township.

The free program is for parents and adults only.

The Apollo-Ridge SADD Club will provide childcare for young children during the event.

A “Mock Teen Bedroom” will be used to make parents, grandparents, guardians, educators, and social-service workers cognizant of current signs and symptoms of drug use by youth. Drug paraphernalia will be displayed and illustrate how youth might use everyday items in their bedroom to conceal their use of drugs.

The traveling program lasts about three hours and is available in Armstrong or Indiana County. It includes time for attendees to examine the set-up, a PowerPoint presentation and a question-and-answer session.

To register, call 724-478-6000, ext. 1020, by Thursday.

Bar association offers free anti-bullying book

Allegheny County Bar Association is offering two complimentary copies of its award-winning children's book — “That's No Joke!” — in October to individuals and organizations in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month.

The association has offered a complimentary copy since introducing the book in 2007, but they are offering a second copy for residents to share or pass on to neighbors, schools or other organizations to spread the key messages of the book and to help prevent bullying at an early age.

The key messages of the book teach children the difference between a good joke and a bad one, why making fun of others is wrong, and why it's our differences that make us special.

The illustrated book was written and edited by two directors of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

To receive your two copies, send an email to tloftus@acba.org or call 412-261-6161. Details: Allegheny County Bar Association's For the Public website at www.acba.org

—Staff reports

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