Providing opportunities for PPI (Positive Peer Influence) among district students is a high priority of the Fort Zumwalt School District Board of Education. Positive Peer Influence is a powerful force, offering a good chance for addressing problems characteristically experienced in pre-adolescent and adolescent development. These influences also can dramatically affect the growth of positive self-esteem.
Alcohol/substance abuse and bullying in particular have been singled out as problems that can be addressed through the exertion of more positive influence by students upon their peers. Strategies and activities to improve Positive Peer Influence in the schools have been strategically implemented since the 1989-1990 school year and continue to be expanded annually.