What is more disturbing than the fact that, in Pennsylvania, more than 2% of sixth graders, 10% of eighth graders, 21% of 10th graders and 29% of 12th graders have done vaping in the past 30 days?
Colonial School District's percentages are higher.
Learn more about vaping and how to talk to your children about it at "Clearing the Air about Vaping" — a parent presentation on Monday, March 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Colonial Elementary School.
"Clearing the Air about Vaping" is presented by Be a Part of the Conversation, a Delaware Valley-based nonprofit organization that strives to provide everyone with the skills and resources to avoid substance use, misuse or addiction. Here's what they have to say about the program:
Kids are wired to try new things. The current trend, both nationally and locally, is vaping.
As parents, educators, and a community that cares, we need to have a conversation about vaping, along with other risky behaviors.
- We'll discuss ways we can help kids to break away from cultural pressures.
- The teenage brain is built to take risks. How can we encourage smart choices?
- Vaping can involve flavored liquids, nicotine, or cannabis. We'll learn about the implications of each.
Kim Porter, CFRS, Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation, will be returning to Colonial, following up on last year's spring parent program, "Have You Had the Conversation?", that provided pointers on talking to children about substances. She'll be joined by Patrick Dowling, LPC, a licensed clinician who works with adolescents and young adults, and a prevention specialist from Caron Treatment Center.
Click here to RSVP for the program and to register for free babysitting. The free babysitting will be available 6-9 p.m.