HEROs program: Educating students about drugs, seeking community’s help

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The Waconia School District is looking to community members and business to help build a drug-free environment that enables students to thrive.

This goal is driving the district’s Helping Empower and Respect Others campaign, also known as HEROs.

Through community efforts to empower youth, connect them and provide positive interactions, this is possible, coordinator Maureen Farrell told the Waconia School Board at its May 11 meeting.

The HEROs program started in 2009 as a coalition working to reduce and prevent substance abuse. The program received a $625,000 five-year grant in 2014 from the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Farrell was recently brought on as the new Drug Free Community Support Grant Coordinator.

Continue reading this Sun Patriot story by Theresa Malloy.


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