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Golden Apple: Grand Rapids High School Fights Alcohol Abuse

August 27, 2019


CAN YOU BELIEVE HOCKEY IS ALREADY BACK.>>DENNIS: AND NO PERFECT SEASON FOR THE WILD. STUDENTS AT GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL CREATED A CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE SMARTER CHOICES AGAINST ALCOHOL ABUSE. FOR THIS WEEK’S GOLDEN APPLE, HAYDEE CLOTTER SHOWS US HOW THOSE STUDENTS ARE CHANGING THE VIEWS OF UNDERAGE DRINKING.>>CLAYTON: IF YOU BELIEVE –>>HAYDEE: IF YOU BELIEVE MOST OR ALL OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABUSE ALCOHOL, GRAND RAPIDS WANTS TO CHANGE THE PERCEPTION.>>RAPIDS RISING, IT’S THE NAME.>>STUDENTS MEET BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL AND FOLK US ON MAKING BETTER CHOICES AND FINDING ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO SPEND THEIR TIME INSTEAD OF DRINKING ALCOHOL.>>IN THE SUMMER, WE GO ON THE LAKE A LOT, OR WE GO AND PLAY SPORTS OR GO TO THE GYM.>>HAYDEE: STUDENT LEADERS FINE A FORM AGREEING TO THE PRINCIPLES OF RAPIDS RISING THAT INCLUDE BEING POSITIVE, PRESENT AND PURPOSEFUL.>>IT’S THE CHANGE THAT WE NEEDED AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, AND IT’S A SUPER FUN PLACE TO BE AT AND IN.>>HAYDEE: WHEN STUDENTS WALK THROUGH THE HALLS, THEY’LL HAVE CONSTANT REMINDERS OF ACTUAL BEHAVIORS LIKE THIS ONE THAT SAYS MOST GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL IN A TYPICAL MONTH. A STUDENT SURVEY REVEALED ONLY 17% OF GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DRINK ALCOHOL IN A MONTH.>>WE CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT 83% OF GRAND RAPIDS STUDENTS AREN’T DRINKING IN A TYPICAL MONTH. WE PROMOTE THAT, BECAUSE IF YOU WANT HEALTH, YOU NEED TO PROMOTE HEALTH.>>HAYDEE: ACCORDING TO TO THE LATEST MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT, IN 2015, THERE WERE MORE THAN 1200 IMPAIRED DRIVING INCIDENTS AMONG PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 21.>>IT MAKES ME FEEL SAD BECAUSE THOSE ARE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND SOMEBODY KNOWS THEM THAT GOES TO OUR SCHOOL.>>HAYDEE: THE PROGRAM GIVES STUDENTS A VOICE AND THE ABILITY TO SHINE A LIGHT ON A SERIOUS ISSUE.>>I KNOW, LIKE, A FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE ABUSED ALCOHOL, AND THEY’VE JOINED THE PROGRAM, AND IT’S REALLY CHANGED THEIR LIVES, THEY SAID.>>IT MAKES ME REALLY HAPPY AND PROUD, BECAUSE THAT’S PART OF OUR COMMUNITY THAT’S CHANGING, AND WE’RE GETTING BETTER AND HELPING OURSELVES.>>HAYDEE: RAPIDS RISING IS IN ITS SECOND YEAR AND HAS GROWN TO MORE THAN 160 MEMBERS.

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