The Waterville Drug-Free Community Coalition will hold Challenge Day events for Waterville School students Monday and Tuesday at the Federated Church.

Monday’s event is for grades 10-12 and Tuesday’s is for 7-9.

Challenge Day is a nonprofit that helps connect people through programs for schools, businesses, communities and families, according to the website at challengeday.org.

The Waterville Drug-Free Community Coalition’s coordinator, Armando “Mondo” Davila, said he’s been looking for adult volunteers to help with leading the events, registration and lunch.

Challenge Day “is geared toward challenging our youth to break barriers down between one another,” Davila said. “It is meant as a day to have fun and get to know one another.”

Davila was a member of the coalition and co-adviser for Waterville School’s Breaking Addictive and Destructive Decisions club before being hired at TOGETHER! For Youth, an organization that works to prevent substance abuse, bullying, violence, crime and suicide.

TOGETHER! For Youth is part of the coalition, which also includes children, parents, businesses, media, schools, organizations serving youth, religious groups and health care professionals.

The coalition was created in 2013 following a Healthy Youth Survey conducted at Waterville School in 2012. 

"We currently teach a few programs that are evidence-based that are geared toward teaching students the harm of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs,” Davila said. “Those programs are Second Step, Life Skills, Positive Action and Prevention Plus Wellness. Our prevention club at school (BADD: Breaking Addictive and Destructive Decisions) is working on a peer-to-peer presentation on the dangers of vaping. They will be teaching that soon in the junior high.”

For more information, contact Davila at 860-8173 or togetherad@nwi.net, or visit wdfcc.org.

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