"If you knew better, you'd do better." That's the message school and county officials hope to send with a new pilot program to help young students say no to drugs.
The Harrison County Board of Education gave its support to an idea presented by Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer and Harrison County Commissioner Mike Romano on Tuesday.
The pair suggested an education-based pilot program targeting fifth graders. The plan would be developed by educators and be implemented in the classrooms, as well as in after-school activities and summer programs.
Shaffer and Romano said the key is getting to kids early to let them know what their life could be like if they choose to use drugs.
"The financial cost is great, the social cost is great, the economic development suffers, quality of life suffers in our county, and drug use and abuse is at an epidemic proportion right now in Harrison County," said Shaffer. "If we can break the chain and try to save the children then I think that we'll all be better off."
Officials in Clarksburg, Bridgeport and Shinnston are behind the project, which officials hope to implement starting next school year.