Mifflin County Communities That Care


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.......................... PAWSitive Vibes MCHS..........................

Senior Spotlight: ARIE HOY, MCHS 2020 Graduate

When did you first become involved with CTC? My senior year.

What made you want to be a part of the CTC student led group PAWSitive Vibes? I think that mental health is an important topic that needs to be talked about, and I wanted to help spread positivity.

What was your most memorable moment with PAWSitive Vibes? Passing out the smile lollipops and making people have a good day.

What was your favorite PAWSitive Vibes activity? The positive notes.

What advice would you give to future PAWSitive Vibes members? Have fun and give ideas that you think would help.

What do you hope to see come of PAWSitive Vibes? I want to see it expand and have more people get involved to help spread kindness.

What are your future plans? Attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania and major in Baking and Pastry Arts.

Senior Spotlight: Aiden Hendricks, MCHS 2020 Graduate

When did you first become involved with CTC? Beginning of my senior year.

What made you want to be a part of the CTC student led group PAWSitive Vibes? My friends were involved, and [Mrs.] Pascoe peaked my interest.

What was your most memorable moment with PAWSitive Vibes? Hanging up the sticky note sign.

What was your favorite PAWSitive Vibes activity? All of them.

What advice would you give to future PAWSitive Vibes members? Just have fun. All ideas are welcomed!

What do you hope to see come of PAWSitive Vibes? Happier school environment.

What are your future plans? Attend college and get into social work.

Shout out to Mrs. Pascoe. You're the GOAT.


Friday, Sep. 25th, 11:30am

This is an online event.

SAVE THE DATE September 25, 2020 for the Communities That Care Annual Meeting. It will be a time to celebrate 20 years of CTC in Mifflin County, past initiatives, successes, 2017 PAYS updates, and a look into the future of MC CTC. If you are not familiar with Communities That Care, this would be a great time to join us and learn about how you can be involved with the great youth prevention efforts in your community.
SAMHSA's "Talk. They Hear You." Discussion Starter Video
Many parents with children under the age of 21 don’t believe underage drinking and substance use are issues to be concerned about and may not have conversations with their kids surrounding these topics. However, parents have a significant influence on their children’s decisions to experiment with alcohol or other drugs. Research suggests that one of the most influential factors when a child is growing up is a strong, open relationship with a parent. When parents create supportive nurturing environments, children make better decisions. (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child)

The “Talk. They Hear You.”® Campaign is designed to provide parents and caregivers with the information and resources they need to properly address underage drinking and substance use with their children.

Some kids start drinking at a young age — Many young people start drinking before the age of 15. Thirty-three percent of eighth graders in the United States said they tried alcohol at some time in their lives, and 65% of teens who do drink reported that they get drunk in a typical month.

Alcohol can affect brain function — Alcohol use can permanently impair brain function by affecting actual physical development of the brain structure as well as brain functioning. Negative effects include decreased ability in planning, executive functioning, memory, spatial operations, and attention.

Alcohol can lead to other substance use — Alcohol use is associated with a greater likelihood of using other substances, including marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs.

76% of Mifflin County youth said NO to alcohol within the past 30 days

According to the Mifflin County Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS), 76% of the 1193 students (6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade) did not drink within the past 30 days.
"Talk. They Hear You." Application by SAMHSA

Do you love to read?

The Jana Marie Foundation and Schlow Centre Region Library are coming together to start KNOW, a virtual book club for students in grades 9 through 12. The club will meet Sunday evenings, starting August 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. The virtual meetings will take place via Zoom. To sign up for the club and to receive the Zoom link, visit

The club’s first book is How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat. The novel’s main character is Vicky Decker, an introverted high school student who invents a social life on social media. According to Goodreads, “Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.”

Club participants can borrow eBook copies of the book through Schlow Library’s digital platform Hoopla. A Schlow Library card is needed to access Hoopla. To sign up for a Schlow Library card, visit If you would prefer a hard copy of the book, check with Schlow Library for availability as there are a limited number of copies. The book also can be purchased.

The book club is designed to give teens in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to connect with themselves and with others through the joy of reading. The young adult titles will have stories and themes related to mental health that tend to be relevant to young people today. Participants will read specific chapters in the chosen book each week and discuss those chapters at the next meeting.

“Reading is a powerful source for seeking knowledge, thinking freely and critically, and learning more about the world around us,” says Miriam Powell, Community Engagement Manager of Jana Marie Foundation. “When it comes to mental health, Jana Marie Foundation feels the more you know, the more you can empower yourself and others to be their best!”

It will be great to see everyone at our first session on Sunday! Please note, you do not need to have read the book prior to this book club starting!

Mifflin County Communities That Care

MISSION: To promote the healthy development of the children of Mifflin County and to prevent juvenile delinquency, violence by and among children, teen pregnancy, truancy, school dropouts, substance abuse and undesirable actions and attitudes that may be harmful to youth.

VISION: Because of community-wide collaboration, Mifflin County will have safe, caring and drug-free neighborhoods for all children.