Vaping prevention event to be held at Chief Umtuch Middle School


The Prevent Together Coalition and the DREAM Team at Chief Umtuch Middle School will host an interactive event for students and parents to provide information and awareness about youth vaping and substance abuse. 

The “Vape 101: What every parent should know” event will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at Chief Umtuch Middle School. 

“This family-friendly event will equip you with critical knowledge about the youth vaping epidemic and provide the tools and resources needed to keep your kids safe,” stated a news release.  

At 5:30 p.m., parents will be able to walk through a mock adolescent bedroom to try and spot signs of vaping and other substance use. Josh Phelps, a school resource officer of the Battle Ground Police Department, will answer questions during the exhibit, which will also be open after the presentation. 

Then there will be a presentation at 6 p.m. on vaping from Jennifer Kirby, of the Prevent Together Coalition, who will be joined by prevention intervention specialist Kari Koller and Dr. Gregory Flick. 

“Parents will learn what vaping is and how to identify it, and get tips for talking with their children about the risks of vaping,” stated the release. 

As parents learn about vaping, students can join the DREAM Team in the gymnasium for peer-led activities focused on prevention. Childcare will be provided for primary students and potty-trained toddlers who are self-sufficient at using the bathroom. 

Pizza and beverages will be provided by Amerigroup, Washington. 


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