Reality Tour tackles tough topics

Photo by Yelena Kisler – Reality Tour attendees look on as students and volunteers act out an emotional scene in which a teen dies following an overdose and his mother runs into the ER in grief. This is just one part of a three-hour anti-drug program geared towards sixth graders and held at St. Marys Area Middle School this week.Photo by Yelena Kisler – Police Chief Tom Nicklas lectures a student in “lockup” during one of the scenes in the Realty Tour Drug Prevention Program held this week at SMAMS. Those interested will have another opportunity to attend the program on Feb. 20.
Yelena Kisler
Staff Writer

Middle school students along with their parents were treated to a big dose of reality this week at St. Marys Area Middle School's Reality Tour. Attendees of the drug-prevention and education program nearly filled the school's parking lot and each room along the tour.
Now in it's second year, the program was held Monday and yesterday, and those interested can still sign up for the final run on Feb. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. The response from last year's program was overwhelmingly positive said Middle School Vice Principal Dan Vollmer.
"All the feedback has been extremely positive," he said. "We actually have, between us and ECC, we have probably about 40 more kids [participating] than last year."
This year, the program also welcomed ECC sixth grade students and their families to attend.

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