CHOICES is a musical, interactive
substance abuse (and more) prevention program designed for second
through fifth grade students.
Education through music is one of
the most effective ways to reach children, so CHOICES uses an
upbeat approach of original stories and songs that promote positive
decision-making, self-motivation, assertiveness, and increased
self esteem. The program promotes making wise personal choices,
encourages a think for yourself attitude and gives permission
and motivation to do so.
Since its conception in the spring
of 1994, the program has been presented to thousands of children
in both schools and youth serving organizations.
At the heart of CHOICES, you'll
find EnRoute Music, a locally owned business dedicated to providing
quality programs at an affordable cost.
In addition to their work with CHOICES,
EnRoute Music also produces a television program called "EnRoute
to Music with Nadene and Bill." This program encourages
children to explore the exciting world of music and introduces
them to many of the music styles and instruments found in the
Bill, a musical performer for CHOICES,
made a personal commitment (CHOICE) at age 12 to never drink,
smoke, or do illegal drugs. At 50, he has successfully maintained
that choice throughout his adult life.
After graduating high school, Bill
spent four years touring the US as a professional musician, then
settled in Janesville, WI where he graduated from and eventually
taught at Blackhawk Technical College's Aviation Program. In
addition to teaching, his professions have included corporate
pilot, flight instructor, aerial photographer, singer/songwriter
After a head-on collision with a
drunk driver in March of 1994, Bill resumed his musical career
on a full time basis. The CHOICES program is his way of helping
to combat drug and alcohol abuse.
Nadene, director and also a performer
for CHOICES, was employed at a funeral home where the misery
of substance abuse was too often evident. She dreaded the funerals
where there was blame, and developed the CHOICES program as her
way of helping combat some of the difficulties she saw.
Nadene has a B.S. in Human Resourses
and feels her "people skills" are a contributing factor
in the success of the program.