Every April parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the effects of alcohol on their developing minds and bodies. The national day for parents to have conversations with teens about alcohol – is April 21st. MADD’s Power of Parents program and their new video series, provides guidance on how to effectively engage your youth in conversation. You can find these resources at the link below.
Throughout April EACTC has planned events for Alcohol Awareness Month. As a follow up to the lessons learned during Red Ribbon Week in the fall, the district’s elementary schools are participating in a contest. Students planted 2,500 red tulip bulbs in October which symbolized their promise to stay drug free, those bulbs are now blooming. The contest is to be the school that shares the most photos of students with the blooming bulbs or our Plant the Promise sign. The winning school’s students will receive a prize and a new item for the CUBS room. We love the smiling faces we have received so far!
A great new resource for parents of children 8 to 12 has been developed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. For resources to talk to children of that age click on the following link.
The PAWS…and Think group, from the High School, got together with artist Vania Hardy at Twisted Easel to create paintings with positive messages. The paintings will be on display in area businesses the week of April 16th through the 21st to draw attention to Alcohol Awareness month. The group focuses on providing their peers with information about a variety of topics. They promote healthy lifestyle choices and positive activities teens can choose instead of engaging in risky behaviors such as drinking or doing drugs. Look for their masterpieces in places such as Twisted Easel, the Elizabethtown Public Library, Funk Brewing and Hoss’s.