2013

August, 2013

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Safe and Drug Free Children

Executive Director’s Year End Report

 

“A Year of New Challenges and Opportunities”

 

As I begin this 2012-2013 year end report, I remain optimistic that the coming school year will be a greater challenge but an even more productive one than years past.  Each year, we face new challenges pertaining to the legalization of marijuana, the increase in prescription drug overdoses and deaths and synthetic substances that are highly dangerous and illegal.  Our goal is to raise awareness of these issues: to develop strategies to combat the debate over marijuana use, to understand the danger of taking pharmaceutical drugs not prescribed to the user and the deadly use of synthetically produced herbs.

 

Do we as educators, health care professionals, business leaders, youth leaders and parents fully comprehend these serious issues and the tragic impact they can have on our lives?  This is our challenge: to raise awareness and educate not only our children but our community at large.

Hence lays our new opportunities: we have the capability to make a difference and make these challenges a priority.  We make them a priority by using the programs, services and educational videos the Alliance has worked diligently to develop.  The Alliance is here for you so please use the tools we offer.

 

This report highlights our past year’s efforts and achievements as well as ways in which we can improve. Expanded efforts to educate families will be the positive outcome we hope to achieve. A perfect example of why we must further educate our parents is evident by the following list of questions that were submitted by parents during winter and spring Alliance programs.  This school year, we must make every effort to answer these questions via programs, newsletters and video presentations.

 

 

PA ALLIANCE FOR SAFE AND DRUG FREE CHILDREN

PARENT’S FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

  • How do you tell the difference between normal teen “moods” or something more serious?
  • What should you do if your child refuses to talk or seek help?
  • Teens today argue that smoking marijuana is less harmful to the body than drinking alcohol. What is the best way to refute this?
  • What type of drugs have been confiscated in our schools?
  • Should parents lock up their prescription drugs?
  • Are there any statistics to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Alliance programs?
  • What is the most common reason for abusing drugs?
  • How prevalent is drug and alcohol use in our schools?
  • We often hear that heroin is immediately addictive...what are the other extremely addictive drugs?
  • What should a parent do if they suspect their child of alcohol or drug use and the child denies it?
  • Where can a parent get therapy for their child?
  • What drug is the biggest problem at the high school level?
  • What drugs are considered “pain killers”? Does this include Motrin/Advil?
  • What is an opiate?
  • Does our school district conduct locker searches? How often?
  • Some states have legalized recreational marijuana. What do we say to our children about this?
  • What is a good way for a child to decline drugs or alcohol if offered?
  • If more kids die annually than died in the Korean War, why isn’t your program mandated for all children?
  • Since many parents have never abused drugs, our children think we’re “out of touch”. How do we approach them and expect them to believe us?
  • What is “spice”?
  • What are some “red flags” to be aware of?
  • What is the most successful method of intervention if a parent suspects drug abuse?
  • Is Marijuana different today?
    • Is some Marijuana laced with Heroin?
    • Are different varieties of Marijuana available?
    • Can you overdose on Marijuana?

* How do you help the kids when they are doing drugs?

     * What programs are there to help?

     * There needs to be more advocates for children who abuse.  As a parent, I feel there should be more assembly’s on drug/alcohol abuse!

* How do we talk to kids about alcohol when it is widely accepted socially?

     * How can they believe us when we are consuming alcohol?

 

 

 

 

Alliance Board of Directors and Staff

 

The Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 fiscal year:

Nicole Kurash, President

Elaine Surma, Vice President

Leslie Quatrini, Secretary

Gail Korn, Treasurer

Jeff Bennett

Dr. Pat Mannarino

Jim Miller

Tom Swan

 

Debra Kehoe, Executive Director

Dr. Al Wille, Outreach Assistant

 

 

Alliance Sustainability and Funding

 

Membership renewal from 25 member schools: $29,950

Membership renewal from 3 faith based institutions: $750

Donation from Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office: $5,000

“Message of Hope” Event: $40,000

Auto Dealers Campaign Drive: $22,000

Total revenue: $97,700

 

Message of Hope, September 2012

 

 Last September, The Alliance premiered our educational video: “Listen II” at a fundraising dinner and silent auction held at the Sewickley Heights Golf Club. The Alliance Board along with me greatly appreciated the participation from Tunch Ilkin, our keynote speaker and Michael Bartley, our master of ceremony.  We were also deeply grateful of the numerous community leaders and businesses that sponsored this event either through the purchase of a table, monetary contribution and/or silent auction donations.  We give special thanks to the following contributors and sponsors:

 

UPMC Transplantaton Services       Thomas E. Starzl transportation Institue         Allegheny County DA Stephen A. Zappala,Jr.

American Eagle Outfitters                 Heinz                                                                     Houk Consulting,LLC.

KDKA-TV                                               Marketspace Communications                        Pittsburgh Penquins Foundation

Pittsburgh Steelers                              PNC                                                                       Professional Graphics Communication

WDVE-FM                                             Wright Automotive Group

 

 

Auto Dealer Campaign Drive, May 2013

 

It is with great appreciation that I acknowledge our local auto dealers who participated in the May Auto Campaign Drive.  Participating local dealers donated $10 for every new and/or used vehicle sold throughout the month.  Their contribution amounted to a total of $22,000.  This special contribution is vital for the ongoing programs and services that the Alliance provides to all of our member schools and faith based institutions.

 

Please note the Dealer’s who participated and consider them for your next auto purchase!

 

Baierl Automotive Group

Bowser Pontiac

Day Automotive Group

Ron Lewis Automotive Group

Shults Ford

West Hills/East Hills Nissan

Wright Automotive

 

 

Alliance Website

 

In 2012, the Alliance website had over 13,892 unique visitors. It is important to note that statistics are also kept on how long visitors remain on the site, e.g., viewing multimedia, special bulletins, school and resource directory information. An analysis of viewing statistics showed that 5,531 visitors stayed 15 minutes or longer with the majority of visits in September through December.

 

 

Alliance Programs 2012-2013

 

Fall, 2012

1. In-service Programs: St. Alexis, Shaler Area SD, Administrator’s Training and General Meeting, Regional Health Care Professionals Training

2. Town Hall Programs: Cornell SD, Shaler Area SD, New Community Church

3. Parent/Student Programs: North Hills Parent/5th Grade Students, North Hills Parent/9th Grade Students

 

Winter, 2013

1. Pittsburgh Public School Nurse In-service

2. Pine-Richland Parent/8th Grade Students

3. Parent Council Presentation @ Hampton Area School District

 

Spring, 2013

1. Town Hall Programs: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart HS, Youth Connect @ Quaker Valley, Fox Chapel Area SD

2. Parent/Student Programs: North Allegheny Parent/5th Grade Students, Pine-Richland Parent/5th Grade Students

3. Student Programs: 7th Grade Poster Contest, Student Alliance Summit, Annual Award Brunch

 

PTO Parent Partnership & Transition Programs (5th Grade, 8th/9th Grade)

 

During this school year, the Alliance offered 2 parent/student programs.  “Listen I” for parents and 5th grade students and “Listen II” for parents and students transitioning into high school (8th/9th grade).  “Listen II” was produced as a follow up  to “Listen I” to stress the growing concern of high school drug use.  Parents therefore are introduced to the Alliance and the issues their children will face as they enter middle school and the message is reinforced when children transition into high school.  For this reason, the Alliance strongly advises schools to offer both programs on a yearly basis.

 

The alarming concern is that during this past school year, only 4 of our member schools offered either of these programs.  In three of our schools, the program was scheduled but cancelled due to lack of attendance. 

 

I am optimistic that we will be invited to present these programs to most if not all of our schools this upcoming year. 

 

SCHEDULING A PARENT/STUDENT PROGRAM:

First and foremost, select a date(s) for your program well in advance so that parents can make arrangements to attend.  The “Listen I” program can be offered to parents and students 5th grade and older.  “Listen II” for parents and students transitioning into high school.  Once we confirm your date(s), it is very crucial that we schedule a planning meeting to discuss how we will secure a solid attendance.  We know from years of experience that when schools follow our guidelines, we get a well attended program.  And, when schools offer our program on a yearly basis, there is a steady increase in the number of families who attend.

 

If you are a parent and/or resident of an Alliance school, please encourage your administrators to schedule the “Listen I” and “Listen II” programs this coming school year.                         

 

 

 

Educational Video Program

The video program remains open and available to everyone 24/7 and includes videos produced by both the Alliance and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. A variety of these videos are also used as a key component in Alliance presentations.  The Alliance’s newest video: “Listen II” was premiered on September 20th at the Sewickley Heights Golf Club.   The addition of this video was the main focus for the Alliance’s newest program targeting parents and students transitioning into high school.  It captures the stories of families who have suffered loss of their children to drugs while also providing parents with an important “check daily” list to keep their children drug free.

 

The PA Alliance for Safe & Drug Free Children & the Attorney General’s Office

Video Educational Series

 

“Breaking the Code of Silence”

Produced by Michael Bartley for The Alliance, this video is suitable for middle and high school students and parents. Community leaders, parents, and teens describe the current status of the drug culture with emphasis on responsible reporting.

 

“Deception”

Produced by Michael Bartley for The Alliance, this video is suitable for parents/guardian viewing.

“Deception” details the extent to which teens will go to support their addiction and hide it from parents; provides suggestions for parents on effective vigilance and intervention and addresses issues of deceit, denial and enabling.

 

 “Listen”

Produced by Michael Bartley for The Alliance, this video is suitable for 5th grade through high school students and their parents.  “Listen” details the traumatic effects of drug use and overdose as seen through the eyes of mothers who suffered the loss of their children, and  encourages parents/guardians and community members to address the real dangers and threats of drugs in our region.

 

“Listen II”

Produced by Michael Bartley for The Alliance, this video is suitable for students transitioning into high school and their parents.  The traumatic effects of the progression of drug use and overdose as seen through the eyes of parents who have suffered the tragic loss of their children.  This video also provides a list of what every parent should look for and be aware of in dealing with youth drug use and prevention.

 

“Operation Safe Surf”

Produced by the office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General, this video is suitable for parent/guardian viewing.  Provides detailed explanations on how sexual predators target and gain access to minors; also provides suggestions for parents on how to better protect their children.

 

“Signs of Trouble”

Produced by Michael Bartley for The Alliance, this video is intended for parent/guardian viewing (not children).  Specific description and demonstration of materials used to contain and use drugs; provides parents with knowledge about where and how to look for signs of usage.

 

“Sticks and Stones: Cyberbullying”

Produced by the office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General, this video is suitable for middle and high school students and parents.  Addresses the realities of cyber-bullying and provides suggestions and resources on how to effectively protect students from being bullied.

 

“Teen’s Talking: Sexting, Drinking, Drugs”

Produced by Michael Bartley for The Alliance, this video is suitable for middle and high school students and parents.  Local professional experts and students 8th through 10th grade discuss the safety concerns of sexting, drinking and drugs. 

 

 “Truth & Choices: Drug & Alcohol Abuse”

Produced by the office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General, this video is suitable for middle and high school students and parents.  Shane is the student who shares his story about drug addiction along with its effects through the views of his family, law enforcement and medical professionals.

 

 “What Help Looks Like”

Produced by Michael Bartley for The Alliance, this video is suitable for parents/guardian viewing.  “What Help Looks Like” provides information from multiple area agencies who can help.

 

 

Student Alliance Program

 

The Student Alliance piloted in the North Hills School District in 2011, was implemented in 6 of our member schools this past year.  It was an exciting opportunity to meet with these student teams and observe their progress as they developed their specific goals and objectives as student leaders among their peers.  Each school that participated was assisted by the Alliance with the purchase of t shirts designed by the students.  These schools exemplified the value of a student driven program by enabling them to recognize the issues within their own school, develop a plan of action and, with support of their sponsors, follow through with their message.  This past spring, these 6 teams were invited to our first annual student summit to share with each other what they were able to accomplish during the school year and objectives they have for the upcoming year. 

 

In addition, the Quaker Valley team’s theme was selected for the 7th grade poster contest.  This team was invited to attend and present at the Alliance’ annual award event in May.  All student teams voted on the grand poster finalist’s during the student summit.

 

PARTICIPATING STUDENT ALLIANCE TEAMS 2012-2013

 

North Hills School District: “Be The One”

* Piloted last year, keeping same theme

* Participated in the Alliance parent/student transition program this past fall

* Developed second poster

* Developed PSA’s for reporting, bystander power and dress code

* Assisted with 7th and 8th grade dance

 

North Allegheny School District:  “Are You Still You Without the Labels”?

* Have designed t shirts still to be ordered

* In early stages of developing program for Carson Middle School Health Classes

 

Cornell School District:  “A Second Family”

* Focus on how school and peers are a positive support system to educate and support students on drug and alcohol prevention

* Goal this year is to create a video including stats, interviews, clops and pictures with Cornell students and staff

* Attended Juvenile Justice week to hear from professionals and youth involved with drugs and alcohol

* Designing t shirts still to be ordered

 

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart:  “Dare To Be: Remarkable, Creative, Strong, Compassionate, Innovative…..YOU”!

* Mission Statement:

“The OLSH Student Alliance is a group of individuals who share a common goal.  That goal is to improve the overall character of our school.  We are not a “don’t do this” or a “don’t do that” group.  We want to be “strive to do this”; we are a “dare to be” group.  Our hope is that we are able to convey the message that by daring to be the best version of yourself, we can avoid making unwise choices that would be harmful.  We cannot make anyone do this, but all we ask is that before you make a potentially detrimental decision, stop and consider if this is what you really dare to be.”

* Distributed Student Alliance t shirts

* Created video

* Created posters for school

* Will participate in the Alliance town hall meeting on March 20, 2013

 

Quaker Valley School District: “Know: When to step in

                                                            Where to step out

                                                            How to step up”

* Distributed Student Alliance (Q Voice) t shirts

* Placed their message on the stairways in the 3 main hallways

* designed posters

 

Sewickley Academy: “Make Life Yours: Promoting Kindness and Community in Our School”

* Designing t shirts to be ordered

* Holding events throughout the year: “Kindness for Kisses”, “Canes for Caring”, “Letters of Love”

 

 

 

 

 

I strongly encourage all of our member schools to consider creating their own Student Alliance Team.

As of this writing, 2 additional schools have confirmed their participation in the  program: Bishop Canevin and Oakland Catholic High Schools.

 

The Student Alliance Program 2013-2014

 

Overview

The Student Alliance is a student driven leadership program enabling students to identify and address specific concerns within their own school community. These student leaders, considered good will ambassadors and positive role models for their peers, will address important safety related concerns that impact themselves and others.  They will achieve this goal by developing pro-active student service messages that can be disseminated throughout the school community using a variety of mediums including art, technology and public speaking.

The success of this Alliance team will be dependent upon the commitment from the team’s school sponsor to oversee and provide direction as well as the commitment from the student’s themselves.

 

Student Selection

All students will have a passion for and commitment to making a difference within their school and community.  Likewise, all students will be respectful of diversity and be committed to living drug and alcohol free.

 

Student selection should be based upon recommendation by the sponsor, counselors, principals and teachers.

 

Students should possess leadership qualities or potential leadership qualities that can be nurtured and reinforced through their team membership.

 

Students should offer a wide range of talent or interest in a variety of areas including art, computer technology, photography, research, and strong oral and writing skills.

 

Meeting Schedule

Sponsors and students should determine how often they will meet.  It is recommended that the team make every effort to meet once every week and develop an agenda for the following week’s meeting.

 

Record Keeping

It will be important to track the progress of the project(s) from the beginning by assigning a recording secretary.  This student or students will be responsible for documenting the group’s progress and outcomes.  In addition, students who wish to record via artistic impression, photographs and video recording should also be considered. Keeping an accurate account of the team’s activities will be helpful when preparing an end of year presentation packet.

 

Monthly Report

The Alliance’s Executive Director will be in contact with each school’s sponsor on a monthly basis.  In addition, the director will also ask to attend bi-monthly team meetings during the school year for an update on the group’s progress.

 

Topic and Slogan Selection

The topic that is selected by the student team can incorporate one or more message.

A slogan for the topic should also be created.

Topics or themes for the team to consider (but not limited to):

                * Living drug and alcohol free

                * Respect and tolerance for others (anti bullying message)

                * Responsible reporting

                * Where to turn for help

 

One of the participating school’s slogan will be selected and used as the 7th grade poster contest theme for 2014

 

Promoting the Message

Student teams can determine how they will promote their message throughout their school community.  These student service announcements could include one or more of the following:

                * District wide poster campaign

                * Recorded video/audio messages that can be streamed in all school buildings

                * District newsletter/website submissions

                * Alliance website submissions

                * School Board presentation

                * Elementary and middle school presentations

 

Each student team will have an opportunity to create t-shirts for their group that incorporates their message’s slogan.

 

 

 

 

Student Summit

In the spring of 2014, Student Alliance teams will be invited to a special summit to share with each other what they have accomplished throughout the school year. Schools will have an opportunity to share their presentation packets that include a “journal of their journey”, posters, video and any other media they incorporated in promoting their message.

 

In addition, the school team whose slogan is selected for the 7th grade poster contest theme will be invited to assist with developing talking points for parents, judging the semi finalist posters and be invited to send a delegation to the Alliance’s annual award luncheon.

 

Library

The ultimate goal for this program is to create a resource library of student driven ideas that can be adapted by each other in years to come. Presentation packets will be shared with each other during the student summit held spring, 2014.

 

 

7th Grade Poster Contest & Award Brunch

 

The contest this year incorporated the Quaker Valley Student Alliance’s theme:

“Know When to Step In, Know Where to Step Out, Know How to Step Up”.  Students submitted posters in either art work or written expression format.  Participating schools in the contest included Ambridge, Carson, Cornell, Dorseyville, Ingomar, Mars, Marshall, North Hills, Northgate, Pine-Richland, Quaker Valley and South Fayette.  The top 5 entries submitted from each school were invited along with their parents, school sponsors and administrators to the 8th annual award brunch held on June 8, 2013. Pittsburgh Steeler Matt Spaeth served as the Honorary Chairperson.

 

The grand finalists, selected by the Student Alliance Teams will be featured in the 2013-2014 Alliance Calendar.

 

HONORABLE MENTION/ART

Dara Pyle, Ambridge

Angela Lu, Carson

Julia Lehman, Mars

 

HONORABLE MENTION/ESSAY

Jesse Caringola/Mars

Margot Beck/South Fayette

Selin Cetin/Carson

 

ART CATEGORY

3rd Place: Jordan Reese/North Hills

2nd Place: Elaina Kuhni/Ambridge

1st Place: Jen Lerner/Marshall

 

ESSAY CATEGORY

Alicia Fenton/Mars

Noah Lehberger/Ingomar

Tyler Kautzman/Ingomar

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CUP

Serena Yan/Ma

 

 

 

 

 

THE YEAR AHEAD: 2013-2014

 

Introducing the Alliance’s new logo:

 The lighthouse and its guiding light of hope….. 

We remain committed to offering hope that all children will remain safe and drug free.

 

 

Member Schools and Faith Based Institution Roster 2013-2014

 

 

 

Ambridge School District

Avonworth School District

Beattie Career Center

Carlynton School District

Cornell School District

Fox Chapel Area School District

Mars Area School District

North Allegheny School District

North Hills School District

Northgate School District

Pine-Richland School District

Quaker Valley School District

Quigley Catholic High School

Shaler Area School District

Sewickley Academy

South Fayette School District

South Park School District

Bishop Canevin High School

Central Catholic High School

North Catholic High School

Oakland Catholic High School

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Serra Catholic High School

St. Alexis Parochial School

St. Joseph High School

 

North Way Christian Community

Sts John and Paul Parish

Saint John Neumann Parish

St. Richard Catholic Church

 

 

 

 

Alliance member schools have received the year’s program guide and selection check sheet.  To date, I have received the following school’s program request sheets:

A.W. Beattie Career Center, Central Catholic, North Allegheny S.D., North Catholic, Oakland Catholic, Quaker Valley S.D., St Alexis, Sewickley Academy and South Park S.D.

 

 

Please be sure that your school submits the following check list in order for the Alliance to fulfill your program requests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pennsylvania Alliance For Safe & Drug Free Children Program Survey

Program Planning Period: September 2013- June 2014

 

School District ___________________________________________

 

Person Completing Form ____________________________

 

Position ________________________________________________

                                                                               

Please use this “Response Form” and place a check mark in the box in front of the programs you wish to implement and/or support. Please note: Some of the activities require little staff time!

 

Please return this form in the enclosed envelope as soon as possible or by September 1, 2013

 

  1. 5th Grade PTO/PTA Partnership Program for Parents and Students
  • Evening program designed for parents and their children grades 5 (Districts may wish to expand to grades 6 – 12 if school auditorium can support large group. We do not recommend gymnasium programs.)
  • Evening event generally starting at 6:30 PM and concluding by 8:00 PM.
  • Alliance staff will meet with district staff and PTO/PTA leaders to plan if it is a new program for the district.
  • The school district superintendent will promote the program to parents and district staff using Alliance designed letters and online registration process provided by the Alliance.
  • The school district will follow the prescribed format including content and sequence.
  • The program includes viewing the “Listen I” video, student breakout sessions and panel discussion with parents.
  • District completes all required building permits, provides AV coordination and student breakout facilitators.
  • Programs are offered Monday through Thursday evenings only.
  1. 8th Grade Transition Program to Address Drugs and Bullying (Optional)
  • Spring Evening program designed for parents and their children grades 8 who are transitioning to the high school in the fall. 
  • Evening event generally starting at 6:30 PM and concluding by 8:00 PM.
  • Alliance staff will meet with district staff to plan if it is a new program for the district.
  • The school district superintendent will promote the program to parents and district staff using Alliance designed letters and online registration process provided by the Alliance.
  • The school district will follow the prescribed format including content and sequence.
  • The program includes viewing the “Listen II” video (new video), young male recovering drug addicts and an expert panel. 
  • District completes all required building permits and provides AV coordination.
  • Programs are offered Monday through Thursday evenings only.
    1.       Evening Town Hall Meeting
  • Program designed for school district faculty, parents and community agencies.
  • This Alliance hosted program will feature viewing the “Listen” video followed by a panel discussion. Other Alliance prevention videos may also be considered.
  • The audience will have an opportunity to hear from community experts and young adults in recovery.
  • The school district will help coordinate and promote the program.

 

 

  1.     District In-Service Program (90 minutes) on Drugs, Bullying and Child Neglect/Predator Laws
  • Secondary (6 – 12) Teacher Faculty In-Service
  • Primary (K-6) Teacher Faculty In-Service
  • Other Faculty In-Service, e.g., K-8   Please describe:  ____________________
  1.   Regional Administrator/Support Staff Workshop

 

  • School districts send representatives from their administrative staff and support services leadership staff to a luncheon and training program to review current child safety trends, Alliance programs and the features/resources on the Alliance web site, e.g., streaming video programs. 
  • This training is scheduled for fall 2013.
  1.   Internet Based Prevention Video Program

 

  • The district’s webmaster and newsletter staff post/send a notice to parents regarding the “streamed” prevention videos on the Alliance website. The notice has a link to the Alliance “Multimedia Page.”  This is an easy to implement program!
  • District will complete a very short on-line survey detailing an estimated number of parents who will receive notice of the video program.
  1.   7th Grade Poster Contest (Art and Essay)
  • Participating schools must require their entire 7th grade class to participate and send contest promotional materials, guidelines and “talking points” to all 7th grade parents.
  • The contest will start in February 2014.
  • A team of school faculty will judge the entries and submit their top 5 entries to the Alliance office no later than April 15. 2014.
  • Poster finalists and parents along with school sponsors and superintendents will be invited to the Alliance’s annual award luncheon scheduled for June, 2014.
  1.    Student Alliance Program
  • This is a student driven leadership program that enables students to identify and address specific concerns within their own school community. A dedicated sponsor is necessary for the success of this program.
  • The school’s student team will select a theme for their message, and with the assistance of The Alliance, be provided with T Shirts (the students to design) as well as assistance for the creation of school posters and/or other promoting materials.
  • The Alliance Board of Directors will select the theme for the 7th grade poster contest (February 2014) from the Student Alliance themes.
  • Student Alliance teams will be invited to an annual student forum to share their year’s projects with other Alliance teams.
  • The Alliance Executive Director will meet with each team and their sponsor on a bi-monthly basis.
  1. Regional Act 48 Training for School Nurses/Counselors

               *    Special Agent Elaine Surma will be the key presenter and will offer Act 48 professional credits to each                         participant.

                *  Training will include an update on current and immerging drug trends, internet safety concerns,

                    signs/symptoms of depression, suicide and drug use.

 

               *    This program will be offered in October 18, 2013 at the A.W. Beattie Career Center.

 

 

  1. Promote financial support for the Alliance by promoting Alliance United Way donation code.

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Safe and Drug Free Children

Agency Code: 1513646

 

Additional Goals and Objectives for the Coming Year:

 

1.  Explore the opportunity to revise our current website making it more efficient and user friendly.

 

2.  Develop a new Alliance community brochure.

 

3.  Encourage schools to offer parent/student programs this year.  Our goal is to meet with every member school’s parents at least once yearly.

 

4.  Encourage schools to participate in the Student Alliance Program.

 

5.  Encourage area schools that are currently NOT Alliance members to consider becoming one, especially the school districts that are surrounded by districts that are members.

 

6.  Raise awareness with member schools and parents that the Alliance does have at home drug tests that can be obtained by contacting me. There is no cost involved however; parents who are interested need to have a plan of action dependent upon the test results.

 

7. Investigate the opportunity to produce another educational video addressing parent questions obtained from last year’s parent programs.  We need to make sure we respond to all parent concerns and the use of videos and related talking points is an excellent way to reach thousands.

 

8.  The Alliance 2013-2014 planning calendar will be an excellent resource for the community, and will be available for a donation.  Businesses, schools and faith based institutions are encouraged to order copies of this academic/business planning guidebook for their staff. Details can be found on the Alliance website.

This planning calendar will feature the grand finalist posters from the 2013 7th grade Poster Contest.

 

Most important: that this coming year provide us the opportunity to reach as many families as we possibly can to educate them on the youth culture their children are exposed to, and offer guidelines that promote a healthy and drug free lifestyle.

 

Respectfully submitted by:

Debra M. Kehoe, Executive Director

July 24, 2013

 

PLEASE SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES

 

**** September 16, 2013****

      Alliance General Breakfast Meeting

      Presentation on marijuana and synthetic drugs

      A.W. Beattie Career Center

      9:00 to 11:30 AM

 

**** October 18, 2013****

       Act 48 Credited School Health Care Professionals Workshop & Lunch

       A.W. Beattie Career Center

       10:00 to 1:00