Do you have middle school teachers in your Lodge? Do you host Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts? Are your local schools still holding classes virtually? Do yourmiddle schools have health classes?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you might want to go to our website for teens: elksteenzone. org. The DAP offers free online lesson plans for middle school aged children. We provide teens with facts and engage them in critical thinking about how drugs affect their lives, behaviors, and different parts of the body. In addition to the online lessons, there are articles, videos, trivia games, contests, and a library of resources.
All our lesson plans are standard aligned and meet criteria set by the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and the National Science Education Standards (NSES). Encourage the educators in your Lodge to visit elksteenzone.org today. When you visit the website you can view a number of lesson plans. The website is easy to navigate, and as with all of the DAP websites, we encourage your feedback. For more information contact your State Association’s Drug Awareness Chairperson.
In other news, the Elks Drug Awareness Program is partnering with the Young Marines. The Young Marines is a nonprofit 501c (3) education and service program for boys and girls, age 8 through completion of high school. Currently there are approximately 8,000 youth and 2,500 adult volunteers in approximately 40 states and the District of Columbia. The Young Marines have focused on an initiative, “Closing the Gate on Drugs,” which promotes healthy living and a drug-free lifestyle.
This initiative aligns very closely with that of the DAP and the Elks are proud to have the Young Marines as a partner. Continue to look for more information in this column as the partnership grows or contact your State Chairperson for more information.