Information from the Search Institute: “Many factors influence why kids do and don’t use alcohol and tobacco. As parents, we can’t control all of them.However, there are many things we do that can make a major difference. These ideas and activities focus on tapping into—and building on—your family’s strengths in order to prevent alcohol and tobacco use in teenagers and young people. Keep Connected focuses on building relationships and strengths to prevent alcohol or tobacco use among young people.”
Check out their helpful resources and tools here!
“Inside the eighth grade brain, the frontal lobe is growing and interconnecting. This is fantastic news, but patience is required: your child’s frontal lobe won’t reach full maturity and re-structuring until your child is 25 to 30 years old. So for the next 12 to 18 years, they’ll be lured toward risky acts they’re cognitively challenged to resist because they’re still heavily swayed by their limbic system, which is the emotional center of the brain.”
To read the full article please click here.
Here’s your Thursday afternoon cuteness overload! Good citizens Emma and Dan Renyi (pictured here with their equally helpful mom Hanna) assisted ACO Bobby Silcott in the apprehension of a local pooch who had taken itself on a Cumberland Walkabout. The dog’s owner was very appreciative of the help, and the young do-gooders were happy to receive Positive Tickets! Positive Tickets are the result of a collaboration with our community partners Casco Bay CAN and the Cumberland Foodstop.
Freeport Middle School participated in The Red Ribbon Campaign with the theme, “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Phyllis Latham, Mike McManus from the Freeport Maine Police Department and FMS coordinated a number of activities including showing prevention education videos during advisory, Freeport High School (Maine) students speaking to middle school students, student created infomercials and an aerial photo (thank you David Clock! and Freeport Fire Rescue) of all students dressed in red shirts standing in the shape of a Red Ribbon out on the ball field.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday! Please drop off your unwanted or expired medications (including pet medications!) to your local law enforcement agency from 10a-2p.
Tip: Celebrate safely during the end of the fall 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.
This helpful article describes: