CounterAct 2018

Beginning Monday, January 15, police officers from the Richland Center Police Department, in cooperation with the Richland School District and St. Mary’s School, will be in 5th grade classrooms teaching CounterAct.

CounterAct is a six-week program designed to bring police officers, schools and families together to help prevent children from using alcohol and other drugs and to help them avoid using violence as a means of solving problems.

CounterAct brings specially trained police officers into the classroom where they can have a direct relationship with the students. In CounterAct, students learn specific, age appropriate skills that they can apply in real-life situations to make positive choices and resist the pressures to engage in risky behaviors such as drinking, smoking and using other drugs. CounterAct also emphasizes the importance of parents and family in the growth and social development of young people.

The CounterAct program concludes with Parent’s Night which gives parents and other important adults an opportunity to learn what the students have studied during the five classroom sessions. This year parent’s night will be on Monday night, February 19, beginning at 7:00 in the Doudna Elementary School gymnasium. All family members and interested persons are invited to attend.