‘A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use’

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Through the efforts of the East Rockaway School District’s Prevention Task Force, parents, students, school personnel and community organizations have joined together in a comprehensive, community-based effort to protect district children and eliminate tolerance of underage drinking, illicit drug use and other problem behaviors. Co-coordinators Laura Hastings (director of pupil personnel services) and Kristen Mednick (high school social worker) head the group.

Organized into action teams, the Prevention Task Force members of Action Team 2 were assigned to work on the development and subsequent distribution of “A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use.” 

Bolstered by members of Action Team 3, they concentrated particularly on the four specific community-based pages of the brochure – the cover, inside front cover, back cover and inside back cover.

The project began only as an idea – a concept – that East Rockaway Kiwanis President Richard Meagher articulated at the November 2015 Dinner Dance celebrating the first 65 years of the East Rockaway club. 

“Let us work with the school district in some way to take an active part in the war against drugs in our community,” Meagher said. 

Then it began to take focus. Club secretary Ethel Gilloon heard of an anti-drug brochure for parents that the Massapequa Kiwanis Club had published. Club vice president Michaelene Abbott-Cooper did some research and brought back information and a copy for club members to review.

Meagher, Abbott-Cooper and vice president Dan Gilloon presented the project to the East Rockaway School District’s Prevention Task Force in May 2016, accompanied by several members of the Oceanside Kiwanis who had also published a version of the “parents’ guide” brochure.

The school district’s Prevention Task Force took up the challenge – and the East Rockaway Kiwanis Club set aside $1,000 initially – later raised to $2,125 – to finance the project.