CHOICES would like to take this opportunity to help you get familiar with our program. CHOICES is a program premised on a three-prong approach: Parent Pledge, Educational Programs and Alternative Activities. Cindy Blessing is the Director and handles all aspects of the program, along with the assistance of parent volunteers.
CHOICES plans many educational and alternative activities throughout the school year. Information is sent out as those events are approaching. During Red Ribbon Week and the Great American Smokeout various activities are held and information is provided to the students regarding the dangers of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. A few of the alternative activities that are participated in or hosted by are dances, movie nights and YMCA nights.
CHOICES has fatal vision goggles and three game systems to take into the schools during lunch/recess. The students can play XBox360 games and/or throw kooshballs while wearing fatal vision goggles which give the impression of being intoxicated. The goggles vary in degrees of intoxication and are a real eye opener for the students in seeing just how much their vision is impaired when under the influence.
As you can see, the school year is filled with lots of fun yet informative activities. Our goal is to see that every student and parent is offered the opportunity to learn more about the effects of drugs and alcohol. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of this program. As a member, you will be given educational materials to help you become a more informed parent along with the student/parent list that allows you to see who has pledged not to serve or allow minors to drink at their residence. Please note, that this in no way means that you are pledging not to have alcohol in your home for adults. This is a great tool to have when your child comes to you and wants to go to a party at a friend's house. All you have to do is pull out the list, check to see if the parents have pledged not to serve or allow minors to drink alcohol in their home, and make your well-informed decision from there.
For your convenience in becoming a member of the CHOICES program, a Pledge and Volunteer Form are attached. Please take the time to read the Pledge, sign it along with the Volunteer Form, and return them to your child's school. If you have already signed a Pledge and your child is moving from SLS or BMS to BHS, you do not need to sign a new one. However, if you have signed a Pledge and your child will be moving from SLS or BMS to OA, please complete a new form. This assures that the information we have is up-to-date and accurate.
We guarantee that the "choice" to remain true to this pledge, will be one of the best you ever make as a parent.
CHOICES is a program that is open to ALL families who live in the Batesville area community, regardless of where their children attend school (public, private, or home).
Drug Free Action Alliance
Know! To Talk About Heroin
Do parents of the average tween/teen really need to be talking to their child about such a hard-core, street drug? The unfortunate reality is, yes, because heroin, black tar heroin specifically, has become much more mainstream, with some youth reportedly experimenting with this drug even before alcohol.
Why the surge in popularity? Black tar heroin is cheap, easy for kids to obtain and provides a powerful high.
Today's heroin is said to be 15 times more pure than heroin of the 70's. It is also viewed by today's youth quite differently than in the past. The typical heroin user these days could easily be the girl next door (the one your child has grown up with), the popular boy at school (the one your child possibly looks up to), or the academically-driven student (the one you may least expect to ever try such a thing). Our children look around and see regular peers in their everyday world using this incredibly dangerous, highly addictive drug. In reality, these are the new faces of heroin.