These days following Red Ribbon Week have been full of Drug and Alcohol Prevention lessons in every grade level's classrooms. Though we talk about prevention at school and in the classrooms, drug and alcohol prevention also begins at home. Children learn from those they are around most, which means parents and caregivers need to be prepared for conversations regarding drugs and alcohol, and set a good example for those absorbent eyes.
In the classrooms, we are utilizing the Missouri Safe and Sober Program. This program includes an informational, engaging video, which students watch as they fill in a guided note-taking worksheet. After the video and worksheet, we have a class discussion regarding what the students saw and learned. Then, students are encouraged to fill out a Pledge Card, which contains many different options for students to pledge to be safe and sober.
Do you wonder how to approach these kinds of discussions with your student? Do not fear! The Missouri Safe and Sober Program has a web page specifically for you parents and caregivers. Head on over to their website, http://safeandsoberparents.com. I've checked it out, and it is so good (I may or may not have shed a few tears)! Your bond, conversation, and example set for your children is extremely important. Remember that your students look up to you and need your support. Make sure you know how to approach these valuable, life-changing conversations. They need the conversations. You need them. They need you.