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Students attend substance abuse conference

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office sponsored three students from Washington and Lee High School attending the Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) with School Resource Officer Kim Simon.

Washington and Lee High School students attended the Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) held from July 17 – 21, 2017 on the campus of Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The YADAPP summer conference is the culmination of a peer leadership program with emphasis on developing a team plan to address substance use in their schools and communities. Approximately 400 students from across Virginia attended this years event.
“Having learned about YADAPP from a colleague several years ago, it has been a priority to encourage our high school students to participate in this invaluable program,” stated Sheriff C.O. Balderson. “Taking advantage of the opportunity to sponsor and support our students through this initiative, empowers them to reach out to others in our community to refrain from usage of drugs and alcohol.”
YADAPP is administered by the Education and Prevention Section of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The Washington & Lee High School team was sponsored by the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office. The students attending were Justin Slater, Hazen Shryock and Chelsea Garner. SRO Sr. Deputy Kim Simon also attended the week-long conference.