Iowa high school students and teachers are encouraged to take part in a dynamic special session over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) about the meth problem in Iowa. Sponsored by the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa and hosted by Iowa Public Television (IPTV) Meth and More for Students will be presented Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Meth and More educates about the dangers and hazards of methamphetamine use. Students will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of use, as well as the cost, both personally and legally, to them and society.
Representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office will provide insights, some startling, into meth production in Iowa, the use and consequences. US Attorney, Charles Larson, Sr., Assistant US Attorney, C.J. Williams, and John Graham, a top agent with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, will present and interact with the students during the session. Larson and Williams recently successfully prosecuted Iowa's first two federal death penalty cases.
A similar session was held this fall for education professionals. Spencer High School Guidance Counselor Eileen Gengler said programs like this need to be available over the ICN.
"The more prepared we are the better we are in our jobs whether we are administrators, guidance counselors, or teachers. This information can be shared with our parents in our parent groups as well as our community organizations which support our children," Gengler said.
Teachers wishing to register their classes for one of these sessions must do so by Friday, Feb. 10 and there is a limit of 12 ICN sites for each session. To register, please go to www.k12connections.iptv.org.
During the 2004-2005 school year more than 70,000 students participated in educational experiences offered by IPTV using the video classrooms of the ICN. The state-administered fiber optic network makes it possible for instructors and learners physically separated by location to participate in interactive educational events in an efficient, creative, and cost-effective manner. While providing support and resources for educators and students, IPTV and the ICN are committed to the continued enhancement of distance learning.