The High School’s Parent-Teacher’s Guild hosted our first annual “Families In Action” program. The Families in Action program offered four 15 minute seminars for both parents and students simultaneously. Each seminar discussed topics pertinent for each group. The student presentations were “Left Behind: Reasons to Drive Safely” presented our High School Principal Sue Vaughn who lost her oldest daughter in a fatal car accident; “Driving Under the Influence” presented by the Montgomery Sheriff’s Dept. where they discussed actions and consequences; “Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices” presented by a counselor for teens from Bradford Health Services who is a recovering alcoholic and drug user; and “To Smoke or Not to Smoke” presented by Dr. Bill Saliski who is a Montgomery Pulmonologist and alumni parent. While the students attended their seminars the parents gathered information on “Depression in Teens” by Dr. Karl Kirkland; “Beginner Drivers” presented by Mr. Alan Deighton with New London Driving School; “Drugs 101” presented by Sgt. Meadows of the Montgomery Police Department where parents were shown examples of common street drugs; and “Insurance and Teenagers” presented by Mr. Robert Pelt of ALFA Insurance who spoke to parents about ways to save on car insurance for teen drivers.
The response was overwhelming with over 400 parents and students participating in this year’s program. Families in Action will be presented annually in October in conjunction with Drug Awareness Week. The High School PTG is busily planning to make next year’s event bigger and better.
High School teacher and librarian, Mindy Walski wears multiple hats