Be In The Know: An Educational Forum for Parents

By E. Richard Fortunato, STEPS Advisory Board Member, Media Sector

窶錬E IN THE KNOW窶 窶 STEPS

As the new school year begins, Southington窶冱 Town-wide Effort to Promote Success, more familiarly known as STEPS, is off and running again as it begins its seventh year in operation with excitement.ツ So, here窶冱 a 窶save the date窶 notice of the first event taking place onツWednesday, October 14, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:30 pmツat the Southington Municipal Center.

窶廝e in the Know窶 will be an informational forum, specifically designed for parents in Southington. ツツ

窶廰earn the truth about the dangers of underage drinking窶, reads a STEPS flyer being circulated around town.ツ A panel of presenters will explain the reality and impact of the Connecticut Social Host and Alcohol Possession laws and provide tips for talking to kids about underage drinking.ツ Presenters include Attorney Tony Sheffy, Pediatrician, Dr. George Skarvinko, Lt. Steve Elliott and Officer Chad Butler of the Southington Police Department.ツ

The event is to being sponsored by STEPS, Wheeler Clinic and the Southington Police Department.ツ Registration is preferred atツwww.ctclearinghouse.org/registration

STEPS defines itself as a coalition of the town-wide community. It includes all our schools who have integrated STEPS throughout the district. Our educators, Police and Fire Departments, town government, our faith, business, professional, health and veterans communities are part of STEPS. Most important are our parents and students, many becoming role models, enlisting other kids in the journey of STEPS.

Just think about a culture of teenagers and pre-teens growing up free of the dangers of access to and use of alcohol, prescription and illegal drugs and other mind-altering substances like marijuana.ツ Imagine the new society our kids can become! ツ

Yes, it is a process, one in which Southington窶冱 STEPS coalition has been making steady forward strides in changing talk into positive interaction and communication with our kids.ツ It窶冱 important enough for you to be in the know. I窶冦 In. Are you? ツ