GIS students brainstorm ways to handle emotions with Too Good for Drugs

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Justine Schwab of ADAC leads students through an emotion “charades” game as part of Too Good for Drugs.

Goshen Intermediate School fourth graders recently learned about big emotions, such as anger and sadness, and healthy ways to manage them during their session with Justine Schwab from the Orange County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (ADAC), who brought the Too Good for Drugs educational program to their classroom.

Students discussed the physical effects of different emotions, such as a clenched jaw when they’re irritated or feeling hot when they’re angry. Together, they brainstormed different ways to manage emotions, including:

  • Confiding in a trusted adult
  • Taking deep breaths
  • Reading a book
  • Listening to music
  • Playing outside
  • Taking a break

In addition, students played an emotion “charades” game, where students took turns guessing the emotion through their classmates’ action clues.

Too Good for Drugs lays the groundwork for drug-free living through a fun and interactive journey of setting reachable goals, communicating effectively, and making responsible decisions. The program focuses on developing students’ social-emotional skills and reinforces those skills through interactive activities.

This school year, each grade level, 3-5, will receive age-appropriate instruction over a 10-week period.

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