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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

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


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