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High schools collaborate on substance abuse, bullying programs

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Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



Kevin Brooks with Mt Abe.jpg
KEVIN BROOKS, A Canadian snowboarder who was paralyzed while driving drunk, spoke to students from Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high schools about substance abuse and good decision making at a joint assembly at VUHS last Friday. Here he meets with a group of students who volunteered to learn facilitation skills at a two-day training earlier this year. They are, from left, Amanda Vincent, Madi Wood, Zoe Cassels-Brown, Natalie May, Luke Calzini, Rider MacCrellish and Tony Sawyer.

VERGENNES — It’s rare that scores of Mount Abraham students fill the bleachers of the Vergennes Union High School gym for something other than a basketball game.

But last Friday, hundreds of students from both high schools sat in the same set of bleachers in the VUHS gym to hear a presentation on substance abuse by motivational speaker Kevin Brooks, followed by student-led discussion forums. Meanwhile back in Bristol, students from the Vergennes and Mount Abraham middle schools gathered for workshops on bullying.

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