Parent Education Progams
Shady Side Academy is committed to providing annual parent education programs to provide support, resources and guidance to parents. All programs are free; most are open to the public.
Talking to Your Children About Alcohol and Drugs
Presented by John Tummon, FCD Prevention Works
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 • 7-8:30 p.m.
Kountz Black Box Theater, Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Senior School Campus
As part of our health education program and ongoing commitment to prevention and wellness, SSA has invited John Tummon, a prevention specialist from FCD Prevention Works, to speak to our school community. FCD is a nonprofit organization that provides substance abuse education to schools.
FCD prevention specialists are highly trained professionals who have achieved long-term recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. This unique perspective enhances the credibility of their message and provides students with role models for happy, healthy, drug-free living. In addition to speaking to students and faculty in grades 8-12, Tummon will present a parent workshop to offer support and guidance in helping children enjoy a drug-free adolescence. Topics include:
- 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
- How to spot early warning signs of trouble and effective ways to respond.
This program presents a perfect opportunity for discussing alcohol and other drug-related issues with your children. Parental involvement is crucial to our efforts to reduce the risks teenagers face. We want our students to hear from both school and home that we are concerned about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and that we are committed to keeping our children safe.
This program is open to all SSA parents, and admission is free.
Tummon will speak to SSA students in grades 8-12 at assemblies on Monday, Dec. 11, and meet with Middle and Senior School faculty on Monday and Tuesday.
About John Tummon
A dynamic public speaker and exceptional communicator, John Tummon joined FCD Prevention Works as a prevention specialist in 2011 and was named FCD’s regional officer for Europe in 2014. He has spent the past 15 years sharing his life experiences with students and adults. Originally from Ireland, he owns and operates his own construction firm and holds a B.S. in criminal justice from Westfield State College.
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