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Sexual Risk Avoidance

Florida Department of Health in Dixie County

Sexual Risk Avoidance 

In September 2016, the Dixie County Health Department was awarded the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Grant. The grant provides funding to implement an abstinence based curriculum called "Making a Difference" for middle school students.

"Making a Difference" is a 13-class program that focuses entirely on knowledge, attitudes and skills that will encourage and assist students in implementing or maintaining abstinence in their relationships. It also helps students set goals for their future and understand that abstinence is the surest way to avoid the obstacles of unplanned pregnancy, HIV and other STD.

This incredible opportunity begins for 8th graders at Ruth Rains Middle School on Thursday, January 19. The class will be offered one day each week during the student's regular physical education (PE) class. An information/permission letter will go out to parents of 8th grade students the week of January 9th. Parents can be sure their student is included in the class by simply signing and returning the permission form to the school.

Another valuable component of the SRA Grant is "Parent Meetings." These meetings are designed to give parents, grandparents, coaches, teachers, or anyone interested in investing in young people, the tools to encourage communication and confidence when discussing the difficult topic of sex. The first parent meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 pm at Ruth Rains Middle School.

"Making a Difference" will be taught by Cheryl Turner, RN, and Angie Land, Health Education Consultant. Cheryl and Angie are certified SRA instructors, receiving their credentials at the SRA Technical Training in Tallahassee, Florida. For more information, please call Cheryl or Angie at 352-541-6104.