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THE DAILY GLOBE. Ironwood. Ml — Educati Wednesday. Sept. 9,1998 Page 6 Spotlight Student of the Week Ruotsala - ' Senior ---^ L.L. Wright High Scriodt Jason, who spends his time in the fall playing on the LLW football team, worked for his father in the construction business during the summer. When football season ends, he will keep busy with basketball and track. Jason likes to water ski and play all kinds of sports and to "hang out" with his friends. The son of David and Diana Ruotsala, he plans to attend college after high school and study to ba an engineer. For more information about The Daily Globe's Student Spotlight, call Pam Davenport at 932-2211. Speaker to address inhalant use at all Gogebic County schools School events When we think of drugs," moBt of ua think of marijuana, heroin and crack cocaine. But some of the most lethal drugs are simpler and easier to obtain. We can find them in the drawers of our desks, stashed in our cabinets, and lined up on our grocery store shelves: Things like paints, magic markers, white out, lighter fluid, hair sprays, vegetable cooking sprays and air fresheners; things that are cheap and easy to obtain and at the same time, when inhaled can prove fatal. These and close to 1,000 other everyday household products are being abused by our kids for a quick high. They inhale them through their nose ("sniffing") or mouth ("huffing"). Most kida who try these products think they are harmless. They do not know the facts. The reality is that hundreds of children each year die from inhalant use, sometimes after the first use. Nonetheless, many parents and educators remain ignorant of this "silent epidemic." Inhalants are the third most abused substance among 12- to 14-year-olds in the United States, coming right behind alcohol and tobacco. As many aa one in five students in the United States has tried inhalants by the time they reach the seventh grade. While many kids admit to sniffing toxic items, they do not consider this to be "inhalant abuse." because the products are easily available, free or inexpensive, and legal. These inhalants give a pleasurable effect by depressing the central nervous system. They are dangerous chemicals that are not intended for human consumption and they do irreversible damage to the human body when misused. ; People who abuse inhalants on a regular basis put themselves at risk for permanent and severe brain damage and death. Inhalant vapors react with fatty tissues in the brain, literally dissolving them. Therefore, chronic inhalant abusers may permanently lose the ability to perform everyday tasks like walking, talking and thinking. "During the past year we have noticed an alarming increase in the use of inhalants by children aged 9-17," said Gwen Stengard of Community Mental Health, Wakefield. "Unfortunately we have also noticed an alarming number of parents and professionals who are unaware of the danger, prevalence and accessibility of inhalants in our area." Stengard is a member of a committee developed to help with inhalant education in our community. The committee has invited. Mark Groves, a nationally known speaker on inhalants, to the area. Groves will be in Gogebic County Sept. 21-23 when he will address fifth through eighth stu- MARK GROVES dents in each school in the county. He is project director of the Eden Children's and Family Services Program and Drug Abuse Information Resource Center,in Minneapolis, Minn., a position he has held since 1989, and a certified chemical dependency counselor. Groves serves on several board and committees dealing with youth and chemical-use issues, and has written an inhalant abuse prevention handbook for professionals, including an inhalant abuse prevention curriculum for elementary and middle school students. In addition to education for children, he will conduct a morning presentation for professionals (Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Gogebic Community College) and an evening presentaton for community members (Monday, Sept. 21., st GCC). "We are looking forward to this opportunity to provide education on one of the most dangerous forms of chemical abuse," Stengard said. Other members of the committee include: Deputy Pete Matonich, Gogebic County Sheriffs Department; Gary Kusz, Ironwood Public Safety Department; Janet Setterlund, Cindy Lindstrom and' Vera Drier, all of CMH; Jolee Karling, formerly" with CMH, now a member-at-!arge; Karen Neuman, Lac. Vieux Desert; Betsy Wesselhoft, Human Services Coordinating Board; Marie. Kangas, Even Start; Brad Noren, probate court; ^nd Mary Pach- mayer, Western Upper Peninsula Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency. Rotary seeking students for exchange programs Ironwood Sleight Thursday: Four-year-old program begins. Our Lady of Peace Friday: Pizza sale begins. Monday: Home-School meeting, &3Q p.m. in gym. Hurley Thursday: Knights of Columbus purit, pass and kick contest, ages 8-13. Bessemer Washington Today: Home-School open house, grade 1, 6 p.m.; grade 2, 6:30 p.m. Monday: Four-year-old program begins. Wednesday: Home-School open house, grades 3-4, 7 p.m. SL Sebastian Friday: All-School Mass, 8:20 a.m. Wednesday: Pizza orders due. Wakefield Wakefield High School , Monday: Picture day for year- bocJt, including fall sports. -' Tuesday: Jackson Creek stream study, grade 7. Marenisco Friday. School pictures. Monday: PTO, 6:30 p.m. Waters meet Today: School board, 6:30 p.m. Friday: School pictures. Ewen-Trout Creek Today through Friday: Book fair, noon to 3 p.m. at elementary school. Ontonagon Monday: School beard, 7 p.m. at high school; PTA, 7 p.m. at ele- Mellen Wednesday, Sept. 16: Class ring display. Editor's note: If you would like your school activity listed in this column, contact Pam Davenport at 932-2211 by noon Tuesday. The Ironwood-Hurley Rotary Club is currently accepting applications from Hurley and Ironwood high school students who are interested in the Rotary Youth Exchange program for the 1999-2000 school year. The RYE program, provides a- great opportunity for youth who are seeking a new experience in learning in an environment entirely different from their own. The student would spend the next school year out of the country, and would serve as an ambassador from the United States to the host country. In turn, he or she would gain knowledge and experience about the life and culture of people in an environment entirely different from home. It is also an opportunity to study subjects not normally available in their own country, and to learn a language through immersion in another country. Both the student and his or her parents must show an interest in the student, traveling abroad. Qualifying students must be in the top half of his or her class, and preferably in the top third. The student must be at least 16 years of age by October of the departing year, and cannot be older than 18 by March 31 of the same year. <*Th* club is seeking adaptable Btudents who would enjoy learfc- ing a new culture and language, and is willing to adapt to different foods and a way of life. Interested students can contact Paul and Karen Hagemann at 561-2817 for an application form. Applications are due by the end of September, and the selection process will take place in October. NEWSPAPER EDUCATION Teachers: Classroom bundles of the Daily Globe can be ordered at no cost to you or your school by calling the circulation department at (906) 932-2211 or 1-800-236-2887. Teacher lesson plans for The Mini Page and other materials are also available on request. Sponsors: We appreciate your assistance as partners in the Newspapers in Education program. Your sponsorship allows local school districts to use the newspaper as an educational tool in the classroom that helps stimulate student interest in reading, community events and encourages citizenship. Every week hundreds of copies of the Daily Globe are provided to area classrooms as part of a program to encourage reading and participation in local community activities and affairs. This project is only possible through a partnership between the newspaper, local businesses and concerned individuals. ERO NASI CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. 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