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It's a Health Party!!

It's a Health Party!!
On February 23rd, over 800 students learned about health and nutrition in a fun an interactive way. Pathways SBYSP hosted the Rev It Up Program, a NJ SNAP-Ed program run through Rutgers University. Fifteen Carteret students were trained over a two week period to help educate their peers about the negative effects of drinking soda and other sugary drinks and the importance of drinking water. They were also charged with motivating other young people to be more physically active and to find fun ways to improve their health. This was all done through a one day “health party” held during gym periods. The trained students manned stations all geared towards interactive education and activity. The stations included: Station 1: How much sugar is in your drink? Teens pick their favorite drinks and get to see exactly how much sugar is in them! Station 2: Fruit Infused Water, students make their own...
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FEB
16
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Soup Kitchen: A Time To Give Back

Soup Kitchen: A Time To Give Back
By Mason Bolano, SADD Officer/PALS Leader and Class Representative The winter season is the time of giving and making change. So, on December 13th, PALS students and volunteer chaperones worked together to donate their time to the Crescent Avenue Soup Kitchen in Plainfield in order to give back to those who need it the most. As students arrived, they were assigned a wide array of tasks from preparing foods that were going to be given out on the line during that day’s service, to arranging the hygiene bags made possible by a donation from Staff Synergies. Other students also worked together to organize donated coats and jackets for the coat drive that was happening at the kitchen that day. After those tasks were completed, something truly amazing happened. Students were working together to create utensil sets for a holiday event the kitchen would be holding, and with little to no outside...
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JAN
09
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Pathways/Wellspring Sponsor Assemblies to Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and the Dangers of E-Cigs

Pathways/Wellspring Sponsor Assemblies to Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and the Dangers of E-Cigs
Working in concert with the Carteret High School SAC, Veronica Pitts, Pathways SADD Club sponsored 5 assemblies to educate students and parents about prescription drug abuse and e-cigarettes. Linda Surks of Wellspring Center for Prevention, spoke movingly of the dangers of prescription drug abuse. She told the story of her son, Jason Surks, a caring, loving young man with a great sense of humor.  Jason was studying pharmacy at Rutgers University when he began abusing prescription drugs that he ordered from a pharmacy in Mexico. Although his college friends were aware his drug habits, Jason hid them from his parents--who had throughout his life talked to him about the dangers of drugs. In 2003, Linda received the call that every parent fears, her 19 year old son had died of a prescription drug overdose. By educating families and sharing Jason’s story, Linda works to help other families avoid the kind of...
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JAN
05
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SADD Kicks off Fall with Red Ribbon Week and Week of Respect Activities!

SADD Kicks off Fall with Red Ribbon Week and Week of Respect Activities!
By Mason Bolano, SADD Officer/Class Representative As the temperatures started to cool, Pathway’s SADD club was active in promoting positivity and anti-bullying messages in the student body for Respect Week, which began October 3rd. The students came together to start a Positive Post-It Note Campaign as well as reading public service announcements in the morning that detailed the topics of respect, bullying prevention, and explaining how different types of bullying might go unnoticed in their daily lives. The Positive Post-It Campaign was a project undertaken by about 40 SADD members, with the intent of putting happy and inspiring messages around the school. SADD members gathered at Pathways during lunch periods and after school, and over the course of 2 weeks wrote 1,000 uplifting and positive notes. Then, on October 6th, about 20 students stayed after school to post the notes around the building in places where they would be noticed by...
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DEC
13
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New Jersey Statewide GSA Forum

New Jersey Statewide GSA Forum
By: Mason Bolano, Carteret High School  student   The budding GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) club at Pathways attended the 13th annual GSA Forum in Perth Amboy on Saturday November 19th. GSAs from across the state came together at the Perth Amboy High School to learn more about LGBT topics and ways to be better members of the community or better ways to be allies. A particular hit with our students was the LGBTree, where students were instructed to write down any labels they identify with (such as ally, trans, gay, etc) on one side of a leaf, and an inspirational message to the community on the other side. They then attached their leaf to the tree and were invited to look at other messages.  The GSA was fortunate to have eleven of its members attend the forum, to learn more information and to bring information back to assist in the running...
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DEC
13
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One Step Closer to College

One Step Closer to College
On October 28th   Carteret High School students were offered the opportunity to attend Part 1 of the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) information session provided by Cheryl White, Associate University Director of Financial Aid at Rutgers. This is the second year that Mrs. White and her team has agreed to provide such a wonderful service to the students here at Carteret High School; helping them understand the FAFSA process and completing their application. This event is sponsored by Pathways SBYSP “What’s Next…” a program designed to encourage students to view various school alternatives and career opportunities, as well as help those who are considering college after graduating from high school. On the initial presentation day, students are invited to come during their lunch and view an enlightening power-point presentation, as well as receive pertinent information to help answer questions or concern they may have regarding the FAFSA form for college....
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DEC
07
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A Thanksgiving Tradition

A Thanksgiving Tradition
In keeping with a long standing annual tradition, the older adults in the Carteret community, along with the special needs population, came to Carteret High School to celebrate Thanksgiving one day early. The event is hosted by Pathways School Based Youth Services and members of the various Pathways clubs act as servers and prize runners to ensure an enjoyable Thanksgiving meal. In addition to the Pathways volunteers, students from Ladies of Royalty, National Honor Society and Jobs for American Graduates participated. The student volunteers for this event shine as they serve and converse with the older adults of their community. The competition to become volunteers for this event is fierce as this is one of the favorite events of the year for students. The high school choir, Varsity Vocals, and the Band provided wonderful holiday entertainment. The delicious food was provided by Maschios catering and paid for by the Carteret School...
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NOV
29
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“Buddy Knight” Prom Decorations

“Buddy Knight” Prom Decorations
By: Kimberly Hill, MSW Intern and GSA Club Advisor @ Pathways On November 18, 2016, the Knights of Columbus Council #1280 invited Pathway’s PALS (Partnering, Achieving, Leading, and Supporting) students to interact and connect with individuals who have disabilities. PALS students participate monthly with “Buddy Knight” and this month’s event was dedicated to assisting individuals who have disabilities, creating an art project that will later be used for their very own prom night. It is recognized that many of these young people will not participate in their own prom, but this program is working on creating a night to remember. PALS students spread positivity and happiness throughout the evening as they assisted program participants with painting water bottles, which will eventually become beautiful strings of flower lights. This monthly Buddy Knight event provided students the opportunity to take part in leadership skill building and community service, as well as to reap...
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NOV
05
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Pathways Holds Successful Fatherhood Event

Pathways Holds Successful Fatherhood Event
Pathways School Based Youth Services program at Carteret High School is invested in the Fathers Matter campaign and has received a grant from the Office of Faith Based Initiatives to bolster the father focused programming. There is a growing body of research and data which demonstrates that a father’s presence in a young persons’ life has a great impact. The research concludes that children with fathers present have fewer behavioral problems, do better in school and are better off economically. This information is so vitally important because of the swiftly ascending numbers of fatherless families in this country. Within a decade, two parent household dropped by 1.2 million. The result, according to the US Census, is that 1 in 3 children live in father-absent homes. An active, involved, and positive father role has numerous effects on all aspects of a young person’s life. Many feel that the role fathers play in...
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NOV
01
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Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Walk: Carteret Students Join the Cause

Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Walk: Carteret Students Join the Cause
By: Kimberly Hill, MSW Intern and GSA Club Advisor Suicide is reported to be the 2nd leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds in the country Everyday there is an average of 4800 suicide attempts by kids in grades 7-12 100 young lives are lost per week The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is considered one of the leading not-for-profit organizations focused on research, raising awareness and preventing suicide. Although society may stigmatize mental illness and suicidality, those who work together in order to advocate and support others can have a huge impact. In order to spread awareness of the prevalence and risk of suicide, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention hosts annual Out of the Darkness walks to shed light on this epidemic. On October 2, 2016, 27 PALS and SADD club members from Carteret High School joined parents, friends and family in solidarity to unite against suicide. The...
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