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Step Up Anderson Township is a community action project focused on the prevention of substance abuse and is committed to standing by students and families in finding help.

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17 hours ago

Denise Mayer

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Vaping hasn't gone away! If anything it has increased during this stressful time for our teens. Know the facts!
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David Sheff advocate for sufferers of addiction & their families. Author of Beautiful Boy, Clean, Game Over, All We Are Saying (w John & Yoko). Next: Buddhist on Death Row ... See MoreSee Less

David Sheff advocate for sufferers of addiction & their families. Author of Beautiful Boy, Clean, Game Over, All We Are Saying (w John & Yoko). Next: Buddhist on Death Row

5 days ago

Denise Mayer

Stay healthy and find ways to address your stress and that of your families. Beech Acres continues to help!! ... See MoreSee Less

Stay healthy and find ways to address your stress and that of your families.  Beech Acres continues to help!!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Mental Health is so very important! On rainy, gloomy days like today when we are surrounded by such uncertainty it is easy to become panicked, depressed, anxious and pessimistic. Optimism is an attitude that must be cultivated for ourselves but most importantly for our children. Depending on our age, we have seen natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks and social unrest. For most of our children they have not. We need to embrace optimism and impart to them that yes, we are taking precautions and yes, we understand their fear. We also have seen that life will go on. The sun will come out and summer will come! Just an opinion! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Denise Mayer

Parkside Christian Church is offering a Free Health Fair! Please mark your calendars!! ... See MoreSee Less

Parkside Christian Church is offering a Free Health Fair!  Please mark your calendars!!

Sadly,

we will need to re-schedule this amazing program at a later date!
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Sadly,

we will need to re-schedule this amazing program at a later date!

**What is next? This industry will stop at nothing to kill our kids!**

**Nicotine Pouches**

Nicotine pouches are pre-portioned, little, white sacks filled with a crystal-like substance that contain nicotine but not tobacco. The user puts the pouch between the lip and gums, just like chewing tobacco, which is also known as dip or snus. The user’s saliva then mixes to create a nicotine “juice” that is meant to be swallowed.

This product is promoted as discreet, fresh, and able to be conveniently enjoyed at any time—because there is no smoke, no smell, no need to spit, and no refrigeration required. One website even reassures the potential user that there is no need to worry, because the only person who will know you are enjoying your nicotine pouch is you.

Pouches are sold in different strengths of nicotine and in a variety of flavors, including black cherry, cinnamon, citrus, coffee, dragon fruit, peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen. Plus, they say they won’t stain your teeth and are billed as gluten-free.

These pouches and the flavors they come in are certainly enticing to young people. Unlike vaping, no smoke passes through the airways and into the lungs when using these pouches. However, nicotine is nicotine, no matter how you package it, and the dangers of this substance go beyond the airways.
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1 month ago

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Facebook Page Live on this important topic. Marijuana is the next issue that will confront us as a community. Learn more about this topic. ... See MoreSee Less

Facebook Page Live on this important topic.  Marijuana is the next issue that will confront us as a community.  Learn more about this topic.

Addiction is a multifaceted problem affecting so many family members. Learn more! ... See MoreSee Less

Addiction is a multifaceted problem affecting so many family members.  Learn more!

Denial, Ohio doesn't only hold true for opioids! We experience denial when it comes to vaping, THC juice etc. Not my child! I would know! Really??? ... See MoreSee Less

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If you have a teen age 13-20 this is a must watch with them!! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Denise Mayer

## Drunk Driving is a Violent Crime

My daughter didn’t die in an accident. She was killed by a 17-year-old who made a decision to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana before getting in the driver’s seat of her car.

For years, I have made this distinction.

Drunk driving is a crime that kills nearly 11,000 people a year and injuries another 300,000. These crashes are violent. They change lives forever. And the difference between a DUI and a DUI death is the snap of a finger.

📷My 16-year-old daughter, Helen Marie, was rollerblading on a bike path on a sunny June afternoon in 2000 when a car full of drunk and stoned teenagers veered off the road and into her, sending her body flying yards through the air. All she could do was look up and die.

My precious 16-year-old daughter’s cause of death: Blunt force trauma. Her skull was fractured from ear to ear. After the crash, all I could do was replay the terror of my daughter’s final moments. Over and over.

The same year Helen Marie was killed, a drunk driver in Florida pleaded guilty to DUI and causing serious bodily injury to two people, for which he received a 2-1/2 year prison sentence. The case led to a 2004 Supreme Court ruling that crashes like these did not amount to “crimes of violence.” To state otherwise, according to the opinion would “blur the distinction between the ‘violent’ crimes Congress sought to distinguish for heightened punishment and other crimes.”

In response, MADD called drunk driving a choice – an intentional decision that can lead to injury or death. A crime.We disagreed then, and we disagree now. After all, how can a crime that leads to a death or injury every 2 minutes be considered anything but violent.

Too often, we hear otherwise, even as deaths from this 100 percent preventable offense has risen in recent years. There is no excuse for drinking and driving. There never has been. Today, with ride sharing apps like Uber, we have more options than ever to get home safe.

On behalf of tens of thousands of drunk driving victims – on behalf of Helen Marie – I want to remind people that drunk driving is a violent crime. To imply otherwise is an insult to the victims we serve and represent. I look forward to working with all of you to make sure everyone understands the seriousness of this crime.
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1 month ago

Denise Mayer

This is what our teens are capable of doing! They are our future leaders and I believe we are in good hands. A special shout out to granddaughter Addy Dimling for being one who raised the $1000.00 and to the three top students especially Ellie Carr!!! ... See MoreSee Less

This is what our teens are capable of doing!  They are our future leaders and I believe we are in good hands.  A special shout out to granddaughter Addy Dimling for being one who raised the $1000.00 and to the three top students especially Ellie Carr!!!

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

This is an awesome article from Beech Acres, Rich Richmond. Please take look and share it with family and friends. [beechacres.org/vaping-facts-fiction-and-valuable-information-for-parents/](beechacres.org/vaping-facts-fiction-and-valuable-information-for-parents/) ... See MoreSee Less

This is an awesome article from Beech Acres, Rich Richmond.  Please take look and share it with family and friends. [https://beechacres.org/vaping-facts-fiction-and-valuable-information-for-parents/](https://beechacres.org/vaping-facts-fiction-and-valuable-information-for-parents/)

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

We are all working together for a healthier community. Consider coming to this event at the Anderson Center to find out our county resources. ... See MoreSee Less

We are all working together for a healthier community.  Consider coming to this event at the Anderson Center to find out our county resources.

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

Many people have questions about CBD oil and the difference between it and marijuana with THC. This might help answer a few of your questions! ... See MoreSee Less

Many people have questions about CBD oil and the difference between it and marijuana with THC.  This might help answer a few of your questions!

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

True stories about a teen who nearly died from using dab pens!Please talk to your teens! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

**CATCH My Breath effectiveness backed by new research**

*Peer-reviewed publication makes it the first **evidence-based** vaping prevention program*

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A study of the youth nicotine vaping prevention program [CATCH My Breath](t.e2ma.net/click/m7rope/aiofsub/23zwjkb) found that students in schools that implemented the program were half as likely to experiment with e-cigarettes over the following 16 months, compared with those in schools that did not receive the program. The publication of the findings in [*Public Health Reports*](t.e2ma.net/click/m7rope/aiofsub/iw0wjkb) – the official journal of the U.S. Surgeon General – makes CATCH My Breath the first evidence-based vaping prevention program. The study, funded by the St. David's Foundation, also found the program increased student knowledge of vaping dangers and positive perceptions about choosing a vape-free lifestyle.

[Read the full press release from UTHealth](t.e2ma.net/click/m7rope/aiofsub/yo1wjkb)

***45% fewer** **students** went on to **experiment with vaping** in schools that used CATCH My Breath.*
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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

“The goal of this unique educational opportunity is to arm community members, parents and local professionals to recognize the influencers of the drug culture on their children, familiarize them with the difference drugs our children face and share with them the experience and knowledge of undercover narcotics officers so they are better prepared to help children make right choices!” ... See MoreSee Less

“The goal of this unique educational opportunity is to arm community members, parents and local professionals to recognize the influencers of the drug culture on their children, familiarize them with the difference drugs our children face and share with them the experience and knowledge of undercover narcotics officers so they are better prepared to help children make right choices!”

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

Knowing what to say and how to say it can make all the difference in supporting someone who is dealing with addiction in their family. Be prepared to know how to help.

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“Most people don’t know what to do when they discover substance use in their family. Friends want to be supportive, but many don't know what to say or do. We can help. #AwkwardSilence #SuperBowl2020 #SuperBowlLIV #SuperBowl54 #SuperBowlCommercials t.co/L0cIVNEsmH
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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

Mark your calendars for this important presentation for seniors. ... See MoreSee Less

Mark your calendars for this important presentation for seniors.

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

More pictures from this awesome week at Nagel Middle school with so many teens taking the pledge to never vape! ... See MoreSee Less

More pictures from this awesome week at Nagel Middle school with so many teens taking the pledge to never vape!Image attachment

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

Ask these questions of your teen if you suspect they are vaping.

Are you experiencing: cough, shortness of breath or chest pain? How about nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Are you frequently fatigued have a fever or abdominal pain? If they use e-cigarettes or vaping products ask your healthcare provider to check for lung injury.
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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

Step Up Anderson Township is a drug misuse prevention coalition dedicated to our youth by educating teens and parents! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

Second hand smoke is very dangerous! Second hand vapor is just as dangerous! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

The effects of vaping nicotine are real and teens who are suffering from anxiety and use this to get relief are trading one anxiety for another! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

Today was awesome at Nagel Middle School! Step Up along with the American Heart Association offered students a chance to take the pledge to never start Vaping or tobacco cigarettes. Their names were entered into a drawing for 12 gift bags filled with basketballs, t-shirts, and tons of candy and gum! These will be drawn at half time during the Nagel vs Kings boys basketball game at 5:30 on Wednesday evening. Students are asked to wear red in support of this effort. There will also be resource tables for parents!! Hundreds of kids took the pledge and we expect many more tomorrow. Thank you John Vander-Meer, Hilary Snyder and Emily Bamber, Tiffany Hallman, Erika Dimling and Rick and Denise Mayer! ... See MoreSee Less

Today was awesome at Nagel Middle School!  Step Up along with the American Heart Association offered students a chance to take the pledge to never start Vaping or tobacco cigarettes.  Their names were entered into a drawing for 12 gift bags filled with basketballs, t-shirts, and tons of candy and gum!  These will be drawn at half time during the Nagel vs Kings boys basketball game at 5:30 on Wednesday evening.  Students are asked to wear red in support of this effort.  There will also be resource tables for parents!! Hundreds of kids took the pledge and we expect many more tomorrow.  Thank you John Vander-Meer, Hilary Snyder and Emily Bamber, Tiffany Hallman, Erika Dimling and Rick and Denise Mayer!
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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

Another great note from Rob Fellows, Anderson High School Principal.

Dear AHS Families,

*“You can do hard things.”*

In what ways are we teaching this to our kids? As adults, what are we doing to foster this notion among the younger generation that they can overcome difficult things? I’m not an expert in generational studies by any stretch of the imagination, but my experience would indicate that teaching our students “resilience” is harder now than ever before. Need food? → DoorDash. Need to get somewhere? → Uber. Need a place to stay anywhere in the world? → VRBO. Need to know something? → Alexa. Need to get somewhere? → Waze. Need (almost) anything? → Amazon. You get the point and the list goes on.

And while these may all be great and innovative advances in technology, the challenge for us as a culture is this: In the midst of a world in which speed, convenience, and entertainment (among other things) are so highly coveted, how do we capitalize on opportunities to teach our kids the importance of patience and perseverance through hardship? When they experience difficulty, how do we avoid the (very real) temptation to jump right into their world and solve their problems for them?

When we let our kids endure trials without care or concern, it’s called *neglect*. When we encourage and equip them to persist through their difficulties independently, it’s called *love*. Finding the balance in this is often the hardest part, but if we are to err, let us err on the side of love. And let’s always remember, *we *can do hard things, too!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Rob
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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

Kids are amazing!!!



David Spencer on Twitter
“The students of Turpin High continue to amaze me. An Advisory project was to create “Rocks of Hope”. These will be placed outside of our building. The end results are AMAZING and the messages are POWERFUL! The talent within these walls.... WOW! #SpartanStrong #WeAreFamily t.co/mvxv41h...
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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

This is the Principals's Newsletter last week from Rob Fellows, Principal of Anderson High School. As many of his observations and notes are so well done it isn't a surprise that this one really hit home with me. Our students who have underdeveloped brains can easily get in trouble. Actions deserve consequences but our efforts should always be delivering a whole, healthy student when they graduate. Kids are going trough a lot for a variety of reasons-we need to listen and to help when we can-as a caring community!

Dear AHS Families,

Had a kid in the office today who made a mistake. Mistakes happen. Every. Day. Some mistakes result in a *WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!?* kind of conversation and nothing more.* Others require a bit more of a consequence. This was one that needed more than just a conversation. However, in the process of discussing the infraction and talking with the student, it became abundantly clear that we had an individual who was struggling with something pretty significant. There was honesty. There were tears. And our focus quickly shifted as we began exploring ways in which we might best support this student and provide helpful resources.

You just don’t know what students are dealing with. They may sit quietly in the classroom or they may be the most extraverted kid around. Not knowing a world without social media (literally...think about that!), they are well-equipped to present a “face” to adults and peers alike that would suggest they have everything together - grades, abilities, self-confidence, etc. And yet there always seems to be much more beneath the surface. And it is often here, beneath the surface, that we develop true affection and empathy for the other.

So, back to this situation from today. Don’t get me wrong - there was discipline. Afterall, actions bear consequences. However, if we’re doing our jobs, we are *always *working to encourage and support our students as unique and loved individuals - in the midst of both life’s successes and its trials.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Rob
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3 months ago

Denise Mayer

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3 months ago

Denise Mayer

Dear Friends of Step Up Anderson Township,

We will be holding our January meeting on Wednesday, the 15th at the Anderson Center at 7:00 pm. This meeting is open to anyone who shares our concerns to educate parents and teens on the constantly evolving threats regarding alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana and the e-cigarette epidemic! Our kids are too important for any of us to hope all turns out well. Please join us with your concerns, ideas and questions. We cannot help without community engagement.
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3 months ago

Denise Mayer

Someone once said, " The greatest gift we can give our kids is an addiction free life! "My fiend Laura and I were just pondering that and it really is very true!! Think about that for a minute when you think of all the addictions out there and how they affect us for years if not for lifetimes. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Denise Mayer

**Did you know?** Every school in FHSD is registered for a safety resource that helps proactively ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff and property. Called SaferOH, the tip line allows students and adults to share information regarding threats to school or student safety, such as bullying, suicides or violence, with district and law enforcement officials. Callers can remain anonymous. The line will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Individuals can contact the tip line by calling or texting 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764). Through partnerships with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the SaferOH tip line is provided to Forest Hills at no cost. ... See MoreSee Less

**Did you know?** Every school in FHSD is registered for a safety resource that helps proactively ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff and property. Called SaferOH, the tip line allows students and adults to share information regarding threats to school or student safety, such as bullying, suicides or violence, with district and law enforcement officials. Callers can remain anonymous. The line will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Individuals can contact the tip line by calling or texting 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764). Through partnerships with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the SaferOH tip line is provided to Forest Hills at no cost.