There's a new effort in Manchester to fight against drug use. Fifth graders at Green Acres and Parker-Varney elementary schools will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's Youth Dance Program after school. It's a national project designed to educate students about drug prevention through the arts at no cost to the kids or their schools. The youth Dance Program is one more way community organizations can partner to promote a healthy lifestyle message to our children.
Classroom goals include incorporating positive themes such as:
- Participating in positive alternatives to drugs and gang violence
- Building of self-esteem, teamwork
- Resisting negative peer pressure
- Focusing on positive health and attitude
The professional dance team that will be teaching the weekly classes at each school for 18 weeks gave the students an entertaining preview of what the Youth Dance Program is all about. Since 2012, the DEA Youth Dance Program has been serving thousands of students in cities around the country.