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North Brunswick Township High School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week 2019

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia, Preventionist Red Ribbon Week is one of America's oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaigns. The 2019 National Red Ribbon Week theme is: Send a Message. Stay Drug Free. ™ "The theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free, you are se...
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Back to school. Is Your Child Stressed Already?

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Summer is wrapping up, and many students are getting back in the swing of things with school. If the thought of going back to school fills your child or student with dread and anxiety, they're not alone.If something just doesn't "feel right" and your child isn't sure why, he may be dealing with a mental health condition. Did you know that half of a...
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9th Annual “Be Smart About Medicine” Contest Winners Announced

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Every day, 2,000 teenagers take a prescription drug recreationally for the first time. Whether through self-medication or a lack of awareness of the risks, prescription drug abuse among adolescents is a growing and serious problem. To help raise awareness about prescription drug misuse among adolescents, the Coalition for Healthy Communities of Middlesex County has orchestrated its annual “Be Smart About Medicine” poster contest. Middle school students in grades 6-8 throughout Middlesex County are encouraged to submit artwork, whether through a written story or poem or a drawing, to showcase their freedom of expression as well as spreading valuable information to their peers. At the conclusion of the contest, three winners for first, second and third place are chosen for each grade, and these nine students are honored at the Annual Be Smart About Medicine Awards Dinner. This year, The Coalition for Healthy Communities celebrated its 9th Annual Awards Dinner on April...
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JAN
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About Cool Down Book Bags

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Written by: Nicole Silva and Ashley Gasparro You’re right in the middle of a lesson and you have the students’ attention; you feel like they are actually understanding the concept! Students are raising their hands, contributing to the discussion ...when suddenly one of your students gets angry, frustrated, or just needs a break. It interrupts the flow of the class as you try to redirect that student and get him or her refocused. You lose momentum and the class loses attention. This is what commonly happens when students have not yet acquired the skills to help them gain control of their emotions. However, when given the right tools, students can start identifying exactly how they are feeling and begin to understand how to self regulate. The cool down book bag started out as the cool down center. It was an area of the room we designated for students to go to...
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MAY
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The Effectiveness of Art Therapy in Teen Addiction Recovery

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Blog by Sally Perkins. Photo by Victoria Bilsborough on Unsplash Despite New Jersey being one of only two states country-wide to score an undisputed ‘10’ for having the right laws and regulations in place to help combat teen substance abuse, the state also boasts the 6th- highest teen overdose rate. The findings, which were disclosed by the organization known as Trust for America’s Health, highlight the importance of having both preventative and treatment measures in place to care for New Jersey’s most at-risk youth . Approximately 15% of substance treatment programs in the USA offer art therapy with nearly 11% of all teenagers in treatment having access to a program that makes use of art or music therapy. The use of art therapy in treating substance abuse is not new. It actually dates back as far the 1950’s with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) particularly acknowledging the role art therapy...
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MAR
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2018 Young Women’s Conference Recap

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By Karli Rymer, Wellspring Intern On February 28th, 2018, Wellspring Center for Prevention hosted the 14th annual Young Women’s Conference, My Journey, My Voice: Empowering Young Women, in New Brunswick, NJ. It was a day filled with interactive and educational workshops that provided students with an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and emphasized the importance of life and social skills. The goal of the conference is for the attendees to return to their schools and share the information with the rest of the student body through different programs and/or events. The day began with provided breakfast and an amazing production, Lost Angels , performed by the Playground Theatre Project. This outreach program production touches on bullying, violence, racism, sexism, drug/alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide. The piece brings up issues current in today’s society and the struggles that young people face in their everyday lives. The student’s in the play learn to...
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Pathways' PALS Students Volunteer at NJ Ozanum Family Shelter

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by Jelysa Hernandez, MSW Clinician and PALS Advisor On Wednesday, January 25th, 16 CHS Pathways’ PALS community service group students took a trip to volunteer at the NJ Ozanum Family Shelter. Although the students find personal fulfillment through each volunteer event, this process was unique. PALS students prepped months beforehand to raise money for the family shelter through a bake sale, in which all goods were contributed solely by the students. Students then used the money raised to buy enough sandwich materials to make 100 sandwich bags, each included a sandwich, drink, snack, and condiments. Students participated in “Sandwich Night” after school on January 24th, a day prior to the trip to make the sandwiches and organize the bags. Once students arrived to the family shelter on the following day, they engaged with both children and adults alike in a compassionate way. Everyone extended their gratitude to the students and were...
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Wellspring Curriculum Helps in Fight against Substance Use

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Substance-abuse awareness and prevention efforts have been standard in schools for decades, from the anti-drug movies of the 1970s to the familiar DARE officers in the classrooms well into the 2000s. Today, as a result of the opioid epidemic, the State Department of Education has put together a collection of resources available to schools. Titled “Curriculum Resources for Educating Children about the Dangers of Substance Abuse”, the report is available on the NJ Department of Education website. The collection of age-appropriate curriculum and lesson plans includes a curriculum developed by Wellspring Center for Prevention, called Footprints for Life . Footprints for Life helps young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. The social competencies that Footprints addresses are planning and decision-making practice, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution - assets identified as promoting positive attitudes and behaviors. Footprints is an evidence...
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NOV
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PALS Students Volunteer at NJ Veteran’s Memorial Home

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by Christopher Flores, MSW Intern On Friday October 27th, 20 Carteret high school students took a trip to volunteer at the NJ Veteran’s Memorial Home. Although students were going with the intention of serving others, each student stated that they received more than they gave. Each veteran was escorted by a student to the main hall to participate in various activities. Students brought board games, played trivia, “exercised” with the veterans using balloons and paddles, and Pathways intern, Dylan, played his guitar for the crowd. Students were encouraged to have individual conversations with anyone who wanted to talk. The reality is that among the many disorders veterans face such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression, the one unfortunate issue that can be forgotten is loneliness. According to Robert H. Pietrzak, Director at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, loneliness was the most prominent risk factor...
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NOV
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SADD Promotes Positivity and Urges Students to Stay Drug-Free

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor

Carteret High School's SADD Club orchestrated several activities in October that helped students start off the school year on an upbeat note.

In honor of Week of Respect, celebrated the first week of October every year in NJ, students worked together to pepper the hallways with hundreds of inspiring messages.

The “Positive Post-it Note Campaign,” initiated last year by SADD Club, has now become one of SADD’s favorite activities at CHS.

A school-wide morning announcement punctuated the event: “In honor of Week of Respect, SADD Club’s Positive Post It Note Campaign has placed 1,000 positive messages all over Carteret High School! Read them, re-share them with friends and family, and keep the positivity going! Remember that every single day you have the opportunity to be a positive force in the world!” Students were later seen reading the notes, wearing them all over their shirts, or sticking them on folders and binders to keep and share. Students shared that seeing positive messages up and down the hallways of the school made them smile.

To raise awareness and educate students and faculty about the dangers of opioid abuse, SADD students placed informative flyers on every door handle in the school in recognition of Knockout Opioid Abuse Day. Did you know that prescriptionKNOCK OUT OPIOID ABUSE 10 6 17 painkillers, typically prescribed for everything from dental surgery to sports injuries, can be highly addictive? According to Drug Free NJ, nearly half of young people who inject heroin reported abusing prescription opioids before starting to use heroin.

More recently, SADD Club promoted Red Ribbon Week, an annual nationwide campaign against the destruction caused by drugs.

SADD Red Ribbon Stickers students 10 2017A team of SADD club members stationed at the school entrance in the early morning handed out 1,000 Red Ribbon stickers that read, “Your Future is Key so Stay Drug Free” -- just about every student in the school wore one! Prizes of Red Ribbon merchandise and candy were given out to students who, throughout the day, stopped by Pathways displaying the pledge to stay drug free.

Finally, Pathways joined the CHS World Language Society to bring the #polishedman campaign to CHS. One child dies every 5 minutes as a result of violence. Statistics show the perpetrator is often a man. The Polished Polished man campaign best photoMan campaign is an international movement that challenges men to paint 1 nail (on 1 hand--one out of 5, like the statistic) during October to raise awareness and funds in order to help put an end to violence against children worldwide. Pathways set up a polishing station to paint a nail for anyone who wanted to participate. Several of our students and staff members joined in to raise awareness of the campaign and message.

#SADD #SADDCHS #RedRibbonWeek2017 #POSITIVEPOSTIT #WeekOfRespect #knockoutopioidabuse #drugfreeNJ #ipreferapolishedman #polishedman

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