River Hebert -
A lesson in gambling was what Grade 7 to Grade 12 students at River Hebert District High School received on Feb. 17 when the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) presented House of Cards, a drama about youth gambling.
"When the Responsible Gambling Council contacted us to come to our school all of us (staff) thought it was a good idea for the kids to participate," English and Social Studies teacher Lesley Parliament-Taylor said.
A non-profit organization, RGC is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC) to deliver a message to students about the risks of gambling and where help is attainable for those who may be addicted to gambling.
"Our organization did research and found that those at highest risk are between the ages of 19 and 24. This program is here to bring awareness to students at an age before it becomes an issue," House of Cards manager Annie Laplante said.
Laplante said that their statistics show that. following the performance. 81 per cent of students know more about how gambling becomes a problem and 84.2 per cent are more aware of where help is accessible.
"We are happy to be here providing education and do our part to help kids stay out of trouble," Laplante said.
House of Cards follows on the success of the staged dramas; After the Beep, Three-of-a-Kind and Caught in the Game, making House of Cards the fourth drama about youth drama performed by RGC.
Students at River Hebert District High School were handed out brochures that included warning signs for problem gambling in the form of a questionnaire.
Among the questions in the questionnaire are as follows; Do you think about gambling or about ways to get money to bet? Have you ever bet with money set aside for other things? Do you think gambling is a fast, easy way to make a few bucks? Have you lied about the time or money that you have spent on gambling?
Additional information on the RGC can be viewed on their website www.responsiblegambling.org
or by phone 1-888-391-1111. The phone number for Addictions Services in River Hebert (667-7094) was also on the information handed out to students.
Following the RGC presentation at River Hebert, the group was set to head to Oxford Regional High School for an afternoon performance.