Flood Brook PE teacher honored at State House for prevention work

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From left, Maryann Morris, executive director of the Collaborative, Mark Weikert, physical education teacher Flood Brook School, and Flood Brook Principal Neal McIntyre in Montpelier.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Mark Weikert, the physical education teacher at Flood Brook School, received a Prevention Champion Award at the annual Prevention Awareness Day at the State House in Montpelier.

The event is held to help spread the word about how Vermont communities benefit from the work of the 24 substance abuse prevention  coalitions in the state.

The annual event is organized by Prevention Works! VT, a network of coalitions that work to decrease the prevalence of tobacco use, drug use, underage drinking and high-risk drinking in Vermont, especially among youth and young adults.

The Prevention Champion Award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of those working in the field of drug abuse prevention in Vermont. Weikert said, “This is not just an award for me but for our whole mountain community where we all work together to create a well-rounded and healthy environment for our youth to thrive in.”

Weikert is an advocate for substance abuse prevention and whole child wellness and works closely with the Collaborative, a substance abuse prevention organization, to ensure the risks and harms of drug and alcohol prevention are heard by youth and families throughout the community. Collaborative Executive Director Maryann Morris called Weikert “the epitome of a great community partner; he not only spreads the message, he recruits others to the message and shows us all how to live the message. He is a great role model and advocate for our kids and community.”

Weikert is currently president of SHAPE VT (Society of Health and Physical Educators) and serves on the Governor’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council.

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