Vaping prevention event aims to inform parents, students

The Prevent Together Coalition and the DREAM Team at Chief Umtuch Middle School are hosting an interactive event for parents and students on June 7 to provide information and awareness about youth vaping and substance use.

“Vape 101: What every parent should know,” will be held on Tue., June 7 at Chief Umtuch Middle School

The Prevent Together Coalition and the DREAM Team at Chief Umtuch Middle School are hosting an interactive event for parents and students on June 7 to provide information and awareness about youth vaping and substance use. 

“Vape 101: What every parent should know,” will be held on Tue., June 7 at Chief Umtuch Middle School. This family-friendly event will equip you with critical knowledge about the youth vaping epidemic and provide the tools and resources needed to keep your kids safe. It will feature a 6 p.m. presentation on vaping, as well as an interactive exhibit for parents, youth activities, and time for questions and answers. Parents will learn what vaping is and how to identify it, and get tips for talking with their children about the risks of vaping. Pizza and beverages will be provided courtesy of Amerigroup, Washington.

The schedule of activities includes:

  • 5:30 p.m. – Parents are invited to walk through a mock adolescent bedroom to try and spot the signs of vaping and other substance use. School resource and Battle Ground Police officer Josh Phelps will answer questions about the interactive “Right Before Your Eyes” exhibit, which will also be open after the presentation. 
  • 6 p.m. – Presentation: Jennifer Kirby from the Prevent Together Coalition will be joined by Chief Umtuch Middle School’s prevention intervention specialist Kari Koller and Dr. Gregory Flick. Parent activities will be held in the school’s cafeteria.
  • While parents are learning about vaping, students can join members of the Chief Umtuch DREAM Team in the gymnasium for peer-led activities focused on prevention.
  • Childcare will be provided for primary students and potty-trained toddlers who are self-sufficient at using the bathroom.

Information provided by Battle Ground School District.

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