Citrus County Chronicle
By Nancy Kennedy
Since 2009, Eckerd Connects Hi-Five has been equipping Citrus County middle school students with skills to successfully handle social and emotional challenges.
Through classroom programs, small groups, summer camps and fun events throughout the year, kids are learning about goal setting and good decision making, effective communication and conflict resolution, respect for others, kindness, responsibility, handling emotions and controlling impulses, developing strategies to resist peer pressure and avoid substance abuse.
Thanks to a Partnership for Prevention grant from the Department of Children and Families, the program has been able to expand into local elementary schools.