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Montgomery, AL-  Parents and students gathered at Looney Super Skate for the Students With Achievement Goals (SWAG) Graduation Skate Party on Saturday April 22. The party was hosted by the Council on Substance Abuse- NCADD (COSA-NCADD) to celebrate the achievement of students currently enrolled in the program.

SWAG is an after-school program for 4th and 5th graders in Montgomery, and Dallas counties. The program uses evidenced based curricula that teach socio-emotional skills, life skills, critical thinking, literacy, and related skills. Students in the program participate in various alternative activities such as arts and crafts, sports, community service projects, and games.

The Graduation Skate Party featured free food, free skate rentals, games, and much more. COSA- NCADD transported 15 students from Dallas County. At the end of the party students received graduation certificates.

“This program has really helped our students” said Karen Wright, SWAG Program Director for Dallas County. “Their grades and conduct have improved, and they have stronger social and communication skills.”

COSA-NCADD plans to host a SWAG Summer Camp in June and July. The camp will be held for students at E.D. Nixon and Floyd Elementary Schools in Montgomery county. For more information about SWAG and the Summer Camp contact SWAG Program Director Antonio Edwards at 334-262-1629 or email aedwards@cosancadd.org.

COSA-NCADD is a non-profit organization providing prevention and recovery support services in seven counties in Alabama. The organization’s mission is to “reduce the incidence and prevalence of the disease of alcoholism, other drug addiction diseases, and related problems.” For more information about COSA-NCADD’s programs and services, call 334-262-1629 or visit www.cosancadd.org.

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