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R.A.C.E. Against Drugs

The RACE (Respect, Action, Courage, and Excellence) is for Grade 5 students and has been designed to deliberately reflect the character values and curriculum taught within the schools in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. This drug education initiative utilizes the sport of auto racing to capture the attention of students and communicate with them as they move through a series of “pit stops”, facilitated by public health and community partners, to learn key messages about the importance of delaying or never starting drug use.

By participating in The R.A.C.E. Against Drugs program, students will:

  • Be able to identify sources of influence affecting their decision making regarding substance use.
  • Learn about and make healthy lifestyle choices through interactive activities and skill building opportunities.
  • Learn short and long term effects of drugs and alcohol, refusal skills and resistance techniques.
  • Engage with community partners staffing the pit stops and learn about their role in the community.

The R.A.C.E. program supports the following strands within the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum: Strand A: Social-Emotional Learning Skills and Strand D: Healthy Living as it relates to health topics including Personal Safety and Injury Prevention, Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours and Mental Health Literacy.

The R.A.C.E. Against Drugs program takes place once per school year, with events happening within geographic areas for local schools across Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. Each event has a steering committee that is responsible for planning the local event. To find out more about The R.A.C.E. Against Drugs program in your area and how the learning from this event can be used to support school wide initiatives addressing student well-being, please contact your School Health public health nurse.

“The fact that my students were openly talking about the effects of drugs and alcohol show the event made a big impact. This is an important age to inform and give strategies about drugs and alcohol.”

“These activities have armed students with important information and strategies for making healthy, safe choices.”

“Very thought provoking for many of the students. Gave them a great deal to think about and really ties into our health curriculum.”

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