As I shared in my News & Notes earlier this week, this morning we welcomed Chris Herren to speak to our students. Our students were great. They were attentive, respectful, and appreciative of his message. Chris opened doors to thoughts about how drugs and alcohol use impacts families and specifically younger siblings. He connected with students who may have suffered trauma at some point in their life by sharing his own traumas. He asked students “why is it necessary to use drugs and alcohol to have fun?” He also shared a message against bullying and harassment of those students who chose not to use drugs and alcohol. I am very proud of how our students responded and I sincerely hope his message will resonate with them through the weeks, months, and even years to come.
If you are so moved to have a conversation about drugs and alcohol with your son or daughter, this may be an opportune time. Even just giving him/her the opportunity to share what they heard today without any further conversation will help to reinforce his message. He also shared a website that his foundation has created that lists numerous resources to help with many of the various issues our children may face: The Herren Project . It would be a great resource for you to review, as well.
If your son/daughter ends up sharing something and you don’t know how to respond, that’s OK. The fact that a conversation is happening a great first step. But know that our counselors at the high school are here to help you in how to craft a message to your student or to help align you with resources to get him/her support. Please don’t hesitate to call our Guidance Office (717) 885-1272 or reach out to your child’s counselor by email if you have any concerns about your son or daughter.
Thanks in advance for the support your can provide our student body by helping to reinforce his message. I hope that today is another step towards a safe and enjoyable year for all our students.