M-W commits to being a drug-free school community

on November 12, 2020

November 11, 2020

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families,

As we reflect on Red Ribbon Week, our hope is that activities such as school theme days, the photo contest and the presentation by inspirational speaker Marc Mero have helped spark meaningful dialogues among family members. These are difficult times on many levels for our young people and events such as Red Ribbon Week provide the opportunity for families to take a breath and intentionally carve out time for connecting, supporting and guiding our youth.

As part of Red Ribbon Week, WWF Champion and family advocate Marc Mero presented a powerful message regarding the choices we make and how these choices shape our future paths. Marc’s own journey is important for young people to hear, especially as we navigate these unsettling times together. He shares how his struggle with drugs, his misguided definition of success and his poor choices ultimately led to his downfall. It is a story of resilience, hard work and hope.

Our hope is that Marc’s presentations will initiate honest, genuine conversations in households throughout Monroe-Woodbury. We also know that some families or students may not be comfortable discussing these issues. Our first and most important priority is making sure the youth in our community are supported and know they are not alone, no matter their situation.

Please be reminded that there are many resources available to our families, especially our students, both in the community and within our school buildings. These include school counselors, teachers, principals, assistant principals, school psychologists, social workers and more. Our young people need to know that a trusted adult – whoever it may be – will serve as their greatest advocate.

Below are the links to access Marc’s presentations from October 26. The Grades K-5 presentation touches upon issues appropriate for children at those grade levels, such as bullying. The Grades 6-12 presentation digs deeper into family loss, drug use, peer relations and more. Please reach out to your building administrator if you or your child have questions or would like guidance.

Marc Mero’s Presentations:

Marc Mero “Choices” presentation, 10/26/20, Grades K-5:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/N3or9L5NStQSys82GZVqM0XIMfVLC6Bpp8G5xs6_OlgsuLfSrQNmgbvu9DetS2Uz.aNiOd6YidlYs9RMe

Access Passcode: 0WUX&M?9

Marc Mero “Choices” presentation, 10/26/20, Grades 6-12:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/RU-ym6C7dZxrr_xAbzueBVhGea7pzdgZrA2yTc6q9d410YGUDvILR3dUWvJwa1I5.gsa4qL_wRgdt1rUe

Access Passcode: !AS45V8Z

Family Resources:

Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council

http://www.adacinfo.com/programs-services/teen-intervene/

http://www.mhaorangeny.com/images/MHA_texting_poster.pdf

An anonymous text counseling resource, which is available 24/7 to Orange County teens. Text 845-391-1000 to connect with a trained counselor.

Orange County Crisis Mobile Response Team – Dial 311 or (1) 888-750-2266

www.ChooseLoveMovement.org – Social Emotional Learning Resources

www.Childmind.org – Tips for Parents and Resources

Please enjoy this video message from some of our MWHS students who share some of their favorite drug-free activities.

Be well, M-W!