[caption id="attachment_65266" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2020\/02\/Family-Fun-2.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="563" class="size-full wp-image-65266" \/> Having fun at Family Fun Night \u2013 Debbie Irvine, Phys. Ed. teacher at Marlinton Elementary School, leads youngsters and\u00a0parents in line dancing. Pictured, in front, Debbie Irvine. Back, l to r: Katherine Flood, Shannon Anderson,\u00a0Emma Anderson, Jeanette\u00a0Brown, Emmalee Dean, Mayleean Brown, Kristie\u00a0Tankersley and Alan Gibson. Photo courtesy of Jean Srodes<br \/>[\/caption]\r\n\r\nJean Srodes\r\nContributing Writer\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas Prevention Coalition plans to host monthly family events at all three elementary schools this spring. Marlinton Elementary and Green Bank Elementary-Middle schools kicked off the program, with a Hillsboro Elementary School event planned for this week. \r\n\r\nThe Iceland Project in West Virginia doesn\u2019t have to do with snowfall or climate change, but it does have to do with the environment \u2013 the social environment. \r\n\r\nThe focus is on changing the adolescent social life. The belief is that kids are products of the society they grow up in. It\u2019s not about trying to change individuals, it\u2019s about trying to change the social community. \r\n\r\nDr. Alfgeir Kristjansson, an associate professor at WVU, promotes a model that was developed in Iceland 20 years ago when Icelandic teens were among the heaviest drinking youths in Europe. \r\n\r\nToday they rank as the lowest in alcohol use. \r\n\r\nThe Icelandic Project is about strengthening communities, which helps discourage the use of tobacco, drugs and alcohol. Parents in Iceland stepped up to provide more structured after-school programs involving sports and activities that kept their kids engaged and excited. \r\n\r\nOur local PRIDE Survey determined that students with the lowest rate of drug use make good grades, have families with clear rules and consequences for drug use, attend church regularly, and can talk to their parents about their problems. \r\n\r\nThe coalition wants to be part of a collaborative to provide venues that strengthen family involved activities.\r\n\r\nFamily Fun Nights are hosted by the Pocahontas Prevention Coalition and sponsored by the Snowshoe Foundation with the help of the Family Resource Network and the Community Wellness Center.