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April, 2017 Updates from the SADD Program
The group had two meetings in March to plan a hiking event as well as the plan on attending the Merrimack Valley Substance Abuse Coalition community forum at the end of the month. Two of our star SADD students, Sarah Dockham and Cori Rizzo will be on the expert panel with Ms. Rubino to discuss substance abuse prevention in the community.
We have a meeting next week and I will try to organize a group to help with rail trail clean up.
April Meeting dates: April 6 and 27
March Activities: ‘Kick Butts’ day -- March 15
Since we had a snow day on March 15, we celebrated Kick Butts day on March 16th. Students decorated the glass corridor with ‘clothesline’. Using clothespins, they hung lots of white paper T-shirts with Big Tobacco quotes discussing the importance of luring young people to purchase their products to replace older people as they ‘die off’.
Students filled out a questionnaire during lunch and we held a drawing. The winner received a Loews movie theater and Orange Leaf gift certificate.
April meetings: continue with our March work…
Tenney:The focus for the month of April is alcohol awareness month. We will be doing activities to promote awareness of the dangers of alcohol and promoting facts amongst Tenney upper school. We will also continue volunteer work with backpack program. I will upload pics throughout the month.
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SADD March Updates
The high school group had 20 children participate at the district-wide Skateland
The high school group will meet on Wednesday, March 8th to plan the next high school only trip to Wamesit Lanes in Tewksbury.
SADD will also be working with the captains club and spring sports captains on a project under progress between Matt Curran and Ms. Rubino.
SADD will also be working with the health dept to be trained in and teach middle school health classes this spring.
Tenney: Unfortunately, due to snow days before vacation, we had to hold off "Kindness Week" until this week. Today we did amazing in our food drive for the Tenney's backpack program. During March 1 meeting, students will be sorting through food tomorrow, checking expiration dates, taking inventory, and filling backpacks to send home for Friday.
For the first time the CGS chapter of the SADD program will have its own bulletin board in the school. For now the bulletin board will be located in the 7th grade hallway to give seventh graders something to ponder as they enter eighth grade and then high school. The bulletin board will feature the life contract, the SADD logo, a summary of what SADD hopes to accomplish, and various facts of the week that will be completed by the students. The facts will deal with drugs, alcohol, distracted driving, internet safety, and a variety of other topics to get the students thinking about the decisions they make everyday. Once completed, be on the look out for pictures!
Marsh:The Marsh had about 20 students attend the trip to Skateland. They all seemed to really enjoy themselves. Also, in February, we took part in the Sandy Hook Promise: Start with Hello campaign. We discussed the negative impact social isolation can have on teens and encouraged students to make everyone feel welcome. We all wore lime green bracelets that read, "Start with Hello" and made an extra effort to invite students to join lunch tables or join games on the playground. I encouraged kids to look around and pay attention to peers that might feel isolated and think of ways to make them feel more included. It can be as simple as making eye contact and saying hello
Ruth A. Potee, MD "The Physiology of Addiction and the Developing Brain" Thursday, February 16, 2017- 7:00 pm
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The Evan foundation was organized in 2014 -15 after founders, John & Stephanie Greene, lost their son, Evan, to an opiate overdose. Like so many others, Evan’s journey began with one pill offered by a peer. That one pill led to a horrific addiction that ultimately ended his life. John & Stephanie bravely share Evan’s Story as part of a comprehensive program that includes an educational component presented by a Massachusetts State Trooper & Drug Recognition Expert, and an awareness component presented by a recovering addict. The No First Time 45 minute presentation and 15 minute question and answer period is designed to educate young people on the danger of experimenting with drugs and engaging in risky behavior.