Suring student group gets mini-grant from DPI

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has awarded a $1,000 mini-grant to the Suring Junior High Student Council for its leadership role in addressing alcohol, drugs, and vaping challenges in its local schools.

The grant is among $65,430 shared by 78 student groups from across the state through the DPI’s Student Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Mini-grant Program. In its 31st year, the program supports education, prevention, and intervention initiatives designed by students to target substances and other youth risk behaviors such as bullying prevention, healthy choices, and equity.

“Positive peer influence is a powerful prevention tool for many risks and challenges facing students in our schools,” State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said. “For more than three decades, the Student AODA Mini-grant Program has helped inspire students to be the change. The DPI is proud to support students making these positive changes in their respective schools.”

This year, the DPI program encouraged applicants to specifically address tobacco and vaping in their efforts in developing initiatives. Thirteen school districts were awarded a combined total of $11,650 to combat smoking and vaping. Eight of the 13 districts with exemplary programs were also awarded $6,850 by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Student groups applied for the mini-grants and are responsible for implementing the proposed programs.