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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 Simcoe County and District of Muskoka School Boards. 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 has been developed to support schools to meet the Ontario Health & Physical Education 2015 curriculum. It is designed to support theLiving Skills component of the curriculum by incorporating Personal Skills (PS), Interpersonal Skills (IS), and Critical Creative Thinking (CT) into the activities.

Personal Skills (PS)
Students will use self-awareness, decision making and self-monitoring skills to help them understand their strengths and needs, and practice life skills as they participate in the pit stops, and will acquire knowledge and skills related to healthy living.

Interpersonal Skills (IS)
Students will communicate effectively, using verbal or non-verbal means, as appropriate, and interpret information accurately as they participate in the spit stops. Students will apply relationship and social skills as they participate in the activities, and learn ways to interact positively in situations where substances are available.

Critical and Creative Thinking (CT)
Students will use a range of critical and creative thinking skills and processes to assist them in making connections, analyzing and solving problems, making decisions, and evaluating their choices in connection with substance use.

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 Healthy Schools 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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