Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking

TALK EARLY, TALK OFTEN…KEEP TALKING!
Parents are the #1 influence in a child’s life. It’s not too early to talk with your child to prevent youth substance use.
When to Talk:
– In a car, you have a captive audience to provide short bits of information.
– When watching TV, address any illegal drug or alcohol use shown.
– During mealtimes, take time to speak with your child – research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.
 
What to Say:
– Preschool: “Vitamins are to keep us healthy, but only take what I give you.”
– Elementary School: “You should only take medicines that your doctor chooses for you – it’s dangerous to take someone else’s medicine and it could make you sick.”
– Middle School: “Alcohol and drugs can damage your brain and may stop you from being your best in school and in sports.

Yarmouth Police Praise Kids Who Do Good

Thank you to our local community members, police departments and businesses that support our Positive Ticket Program! To learn more or to support our program, check out the Portland Press Herald article below!

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/07/16/thats-the-ticket-yarmouth-police-praise-kids-who-do-good/

 

 

Positive Tickets in Yarmouth

Thank you to the Yarmouth, Maine Police Department for helping to support our positive ticket program! Tickets are the result of a collaboration with our local police departments and the Cumberland Foodstop. Shown below: Chief Dan Gallant, Officer Shawn Miles and Yarmouth youth!

Gray New Gloucester Project Sticker Shock

Students from Gray-New Gloucester High School collaborated with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Casco Bay CAN to visit local businesses and promote Project Sticker Shock, a national and state-wide program. The students volunteered to be a part of the project and bring awareness to the ramifications of purchasing alcohol for underage individuals by placing stickers on alcohol packs that include Maine laws about providing or purchasing alcohol for a minor. Volunteers wore t-shirts promoting their efforts and they presented participating businesses with a “thank you” recognition certificate for helping promote keeping youth safe and healthy. Project Sticker Shock was also implemented in surrounding communities served by Casco Bay CAN and is held twice a year, in the Spring during prom and graduation season and again in December during the holiday season.

Photo from left to right: Deputy Cole Chandler (School Resource Officer, CC Sheriff’s Office), Jenny Hall, Michelle Murley (School Social Worker) Jess Nimblett, Keegan Delaney, Emma Sinford, Gage Grindle, Morgan Stokes, Nick McCann, Joye Macrina, Connor Myatt, Renee Brichetto, Sabrina Fisher, Zoe Jewell, and Deputy Shaeffer (CCSO).

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Celebrate safely during the end of the sports season

Make healthy choices and stay alcohol and drug-free to celebrate the end of your sports season. Plan a dinner out with friends and family, host a game or movie night or take an overnight trip to somewhere new. Take time to reflect on the season and prepare for your next sport or enjoy the off-season.

Video: Tips to Help Your Teen Celebrate Safely

The spring is a time for celebration with prom and graduation! In this new video, hear from local community members such as parents, coaches, principals and law enforcement about tips to help your teen celebrate safely.