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Having Empowered Leaders as Peers, a student group in the Depew School District, Wednesday night gave the School Board a detailed presentation on the group's membership, activities and goals.

"HELP is a peer education group that focuses on HIV and AIDS," junior Kelly Stocklosa told board members. "A lot of students in high school today are given false information or not enough information on those types of issues."

To get the message across, students interested in joining the group spend time at HELP's camp at Fredonia State College. Stocklosa said compared to when an adult is brought in, it's often easier for teenagers to understand a health issue when it comes from a member of a peer group. HELP provides interactive games and training sessions for younger students that debunk myths about HIV and AIDS. The goal is to get accurate information across to youngsters in a fun and engaging setting.

The group's work drew praise from board members. "I want to commend you for what you're doing," said board member Diane Benczkowski.

Fair will focus on families, violence

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., will host a Families Against Violence Fair on Friday.

The fair, which is part of the Tonawandas' Week Without Violence, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include a variety of events such as face painting, a child identification program, clowns and sports demonstrations.

Fairgoers can also learn about issues and programs related to family support for nonviolent endeavors.

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