We want to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Aspen Thrift Shop for their very generous grant to the Carbondale Community School and the Carbondale Middle School that allowed FCD facilitator Mike Connolly to come to our schools the week of Oct.14. At the Community School, he worked with all the sixth and eighth graders. At the Carbondale Middle School, he worked with the entire seventh-grade and the eighth-grade student mentors. Over the course of four days at our two schools, Mike met with over 130 students in two-hour informational sessions.
FCD is a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools. Since 1976, they have taught over a million students of all ages. This was the fourth year of this program at CCS and the first year at CMS. Their mission is to encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs during the growing years; empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use; teach students and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of substance abuse and to intervene appropriately; educate students, parents, teachers, and administrators on the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs; promote awareness of drug addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive, chronic and often fatal disease; and provide educational communities with the guidance and training necessary to implement comprehensive, effective approaches to substance abuse prevention.
In an evening meeting for interested parents, Mike also offered support and guidance in helping their children enjoy a drug-free adolescence. Topics addressed included effective ways to communicate with your child about drugs and drug use; up-to-date facts about current drug use and trends; what to say about your own experiences with alcohol and/or drug experimentation; and how to spot early warning signs of trouble and effective ways to respond. Parental involvement is crucial to our efforts to reduce the risks our children face. We want our students to hear from both school and home that we are concerned about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by adolescents, and that we are committed to keeping our children safe.
Thanks again to the Aspen Thrift Shop and their support of our schools. It is appreciated.
Principal, Carbondale Community School
Principal, Carbondale Middle School