Sunday, January 5, 2014

Drug and Alcohol Attention Grabbers™ - Funnel

Over the next few weeks, NIMCO will be sharing some "Attention Grabber™" ideas that you can use in class to help teach about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The “Attention Grabbers” are designed to assist with teaching and speaking about the adverse effects alcohol and drugs cause to all who are exposed to these addictive drugs. We live in a visual society, making visual aids a needed resource to assist with speaking or teaching thus enabling you to reach your entire audience. The suggestions are designed to assist your alcohol and drug education programs. You may expound upon each scenario as your presentation or speaking time allows. Each “Attention Grabber™” is very cost effective to present with the suggested visual aids to reiterate the information given during your presentation. These "Attention Grabber™" ideas are also great for Red Ribbon Week!

A large kitchen or automotive funnel

Turn the funnel upside down and tell the students the funnel represents their choices in life. The narrow end represents when they were young and their parents made the majority of decisions concerning their daily activities. Point out that as you grow you have more opportunity to make your own choices. Explain that even while we do not have a choice about some things in life, there are just as many times we do have a choice. As we grow older, we have more opportunities to make choices. Use the funnel to show how it grows wider just as we grow older. Explain if you; choose to make poor choices; it will affect the rest of your life. Examples of poor choices would be to use drugs or alcohol. If you choose to use drugs or alcohol, the effects will be with you the rest of your life.  

Turn the funnel upside down and point out the fact that poor choices can shorten our lives as well as cause many health problems. Instead of growing outside the funnel where we have wide-open opportunities, we put ourselves back in the funnel with a limited lifestyle and limit our opportunities. You can incorporate many points into this lesson and you can make it as extensive as you desire. This is an excellent opportunity to talk about character building and future dreams and goals.

Suggested supplemental materials may be purchased at

Be Drug Free Silicone Bracelet (Click Here to Purchase)

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