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SAFE Helps Kids Make The Right Choices

When it comes to teens and drugs it is all about choices and consequences. SAFE, Inc. participated in the National Drug Facts Week campaign by creating a program for students at Glen Cove Finley Middle School and Glen Cove High School. Their efforts were targeted at arming students with the facts to help them make the right choices so they do not suffer the consequences from drugs and alcohol. 

 

National Drug Facts Week was launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, to educate youth about the real facts about drugs. Teens are often swayed by incorrect information on the Internet, television, movies, from the music they enjoy, and their peers. This year’s National Drug Facts Week was from Feb. 25 to March 1. 

 

SAFE’s campaign included the announcement of drug facts every morning during the traditional morning announcements. 

 

“These announcements allowed for a connection to the health education classes throughout the week,” said Tony Gallo, coalition co-chair. 

The students also played the WreckEd card game in their health class. The game is an educational youth component of the PACT 360 Program. (PACT360 is a law enforcement-led community prevention education system designed to deal with and reduce existing drug issues.) Wreck-Ed encourages teens to think more introspectively about their decisions regarding drugs and alcohol. This program not only encourages youth to look at their own behavior, but also to reach out and look out for their friends who may be making the wrong unhealthy decisions.

 

“The game allowed students to think about and consider how drugs can interfere with their own life goals,” said Gallo. “This card game (Wreck-Ed) makes students realize that drug use and abuse has many negative short-term and long-term consequences.”

 

WreckEd began with a video depicting what’s going on everyday with teens when it comes to drugs and alcohol. “The students viewed the 10 minute video which had former drug addicts that spoke about how their lives began to spiral out of control due to drug use and addiction,” said Gallo.

 

After the film teachers led a group discussion focusing on parts of the video opening the door for students to explore the reasons why the teens in the video decided to use drugs. Several students even spoke about their own experiences and about what influenced them to make the decisions they choose. 

“SAFE’s PRIDE Project Coalition seeks to educate youth and adults through alcohol and substance abuse prevention, intervention and education,” said Dr. Sharon Harris, director of SAFE, Inc. “Drug Facts Week is one of many initiatives the coalition promotes to foster peer resistance skills and healthy lifestyles.” 

 

For further information on any SAFE, Inc. PRIDE Project Coalition and their initiatives contact Coalition Coordinator Aimee Abraham at 676-2008. SAFE Inc. is a not-for-profit tax-exempt substance abuse education and prevention agency located in Glen Cove. Visit www.safeglencove.org.

 

 

News

City Stadium in Glen Cove was a mob scene of tiny egg hunters on Thursday, April 17, as at least 100 kids scoured the fields and claimed more than 8,000 eggs in less than three minutes. The annual egg hunt attracted kids from ages 3 to 10, most of whom were prepared with baskets, bags and buckets for storing the candy-filled plastic eggs. 

Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family. 



Sports

 It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s  PAL lacrosse teams.  Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset.  Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for.  North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.  

The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This

Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the

Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.

Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers. 


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