Ohio certified prevention specialist Nancy Pommerening visited St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary School, a Lumen Christi school, to discuss The National Institute on Drug Abuse's ''Brain Power'' junior scientist program.
According to its website, NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
Pommerening described Brain Power as a Kindergarten through 9th grade prevention program to pre-arm students with knowledge about the effects of drugs on the brain.
Second-grader Marissa Conroy holds a 'Brains in a Box' during a Brain Power program at St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Austintown.
Nancy Pommerening is the Executive Director of Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc., based in Rocky River. She graduated from Kent State University as valedictorian from the Honors College and College of Education. During her teaching career she was named District 11 Educator of the Year. She retired from school teaching in 2008 and is now dedicated to decreasing the demand for illicit drugs and effective interdiction strategies.
While at SJIHM, Pommerening visited all the teachers in support of the Brain Power program. She taught a Brains in a Box lesson to Sharon Machuga's second-grade class. Students had fun as they followed directions to make a model of the brain using play dough. They learned that the brain consists of different parts with each part affecting different parts of their body and memory.