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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 community partners, to learn key messages about the importance of delaying or never starting drug use.

Elementary schools and/or community partners can organize a steering committee to host an event in their local ares. The event is designed to support the Grade 5 curriculum.

The R.A.C.E. Against Drugs will support students to:

  • 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.

Details of The Ontario Curriculum (Grades 1-8) Health and Physical Education can be found at:
A summary of the Grade 5 expectations can be found beginning on page 183, followed by a detailed explanation.

Please email Pamela Dechamplain, Substance Use and Injury Prevention Program Assistant at [email protected] for descriptions for Race Against Drugs Pit Stop events.

Staff from the School Health program, in partnership with the Substance Use and Injury Prevention program, are available to support delivery of a RACE Against Drugs event at your school. Contact your School Health public health nurse to find out more.

Each RACE Against Drugs event requires the formation of a local steering committee that is responsible for the planning and implementation of the local event. Public health nurses are available to provide support and consultation. Please email Pamela Dechamplain, Substance Use and Injury Prevention Program Assistant at [email protected] to request support, book the equipment needed and download the Pit Stop information for your event.

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