The importance of reducing and preventing substance abuse by students is apparent when the impact to the entire school is considered. Substance abuse directly impacts school gang activity, violence, academic performance and medical concerns. The district has initiated Project Success and Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students, which utilize counselors in middle and high school to prevent and reduce substance abuse among adolescents. The district also initiated Life Skills Training designed to reduce risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug use and violence. This program has been implemented in grades 3, 4 and 5.