Safe School Climate Project

Prom and Graduation Safety Activities

KEENAN HIGH SCHOOL

Alvin Pressley

Principal

Sean Glover

Assistant Principal

Dr. Veronica Scott

Assistant Principal

Henrietta Montgomery

Dean of Students

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ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. It is a time to learn about alcohol and the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. Alcohol Awareness Month is designed to bring to the forefront alcohol issues and offer preventative ideas so that school and communities can choose to take action.


The 2015 theme is “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.”


http://www.ncadd.org

PROM AND GRADUATION SAFETY ACTIVITIES

Keenan High School's Safe School Climate Project is sponsoring the following prom and graduation safety activities:


· Prom and graduation school announcements

· Walking the Blue Line

· Alcohol Prevention Banner

· Drug Identification Guide

· Drug IQ Challenge

KEENAN HIGH SCHOOL - PROM AND GRADUATION CELEBRATIONS

Prom Night - Marriott Hotel

1200 Hampton Street

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Graduation Ceremony

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Colonial Life Arena

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Marriott Hotel

PROM AND GRADUATION SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

School Announcement - "Friendships are Forever"


High school seniors! Friendship shouldn't end at graduation -- keep the memories alive!

Don't drink and ride with someone who has been drinking.

You and your friends are finally on your way to the prom. You've found the perfect outfit, and you want to show up looking great.


School Announcement - "The Latest Accessory to Wear - Belts"


So, you decide not to buckle up. But, what about not showing up at all? Riding unbuckled could mess up more than just your clothes.

It could mess up your future. Get you and your friends there safely. Enjoy the prom and wear the latest accessory - Belts - Buckle up!


These messages are brought to you by the Keenan High School’s Safe School Climate Project.

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KEENAN SCIENCE CLASSES TOOK THE CHALLENGE

NATIONAL DRUG IQ CHALLENGE

What is your Drug IQ? Test your knowledge on drugs and drug abuse by taking the 2015 National Drug IQ Challenge. The online 2015 National Drug IQ Challenge is a 12-question multiple choice quiz that teens and adults can take to test their knowledge about drugs.


Students in science classes participated in the interactive online National Drug IQ Challenge Quiz. When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs, they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others.


The following questions were part of the challenge:


1. True or False: Marijuana can be addictive


2. K2 or “Spice” refers to


A. Cinnamon inhaled on a dare

B. Other names for marijuana

C. Dangerous herbal mixtures that can produce marijuana-like effects

D. An enhancement of the drug K1


3. Smoking marijuana regularly can be especially harmful to teens. Why?


A. It can lower your IQ.

B. It can affect your ability to drive safely.

C. It can make you less motivated to do well in school.

D. All of the above.


Answers: 1. True 2. C 3. D


Students who completed the National Drug IQ Challenge received a Certificate of Achievement.


To take the National Drug IQ Challenge or for more information on National Drug Facts, visit the National Drug IQ Challenge link below:

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RAQUAN RICHARDSON CHECKS OUT THE DRUG DISPLAY

DRUG IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

Who knew that common objects, such as a soda can be covered in paint, a bottle cap, or a marker, could be telltale signs of drug abuse? The Drug Identification Guide shows commonly abused drugs and drug paraphernalia in a realistic 3-D facsimile.


The display was exhibited in the media center to educate students on legal and illegal drugs.

TABLE TOP SESSION-WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE

The endless cycle of drug abuse and addiction can lead to the Wheel of Misfortune.


Students and parents played Wheel of Misfortune, an engaging game in which players identified various drugs and answered questions about their effects during Open House at Keenan High School.


Questions covered illegal, prescription, and over-the-counter drugs.


Parents also received substance abuse, violence, and bullying prevention resources and materials.

WALKING THE BLUE LINE USING FATAL VISION GOGGLES

Students at Keenan High School “Walked the Blue Line” during Alcohol Awareness Month. Fatal Vision® Impairment Goggles use special technology that allows students to experience a realistic simulation of impairment. Students were educated about the consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse.


The Walking the Raider Blue Line Experience:


· Students performed simple sobriety tests without the goggles to establish a sober baseline.

· Students repeated the exercise while wearing the Fatal Vision® Impairment Goggles. Students struggle to maintain their balance, equilibrium, and reaction time.

· Students gained an understanding of the impact of alcohol on their ability to function.

ALCOHOL PREVENTION BANNER

Everything you wanted to know about alcohol prevention was on display for students during Alcohol Awareness Month.


The alcohol prevention banner, which was displayed in the media center, discusses what is alcohol, how alcohol affects different ages/genders, short term and long term effects, drinking and driving, blood alcohol content(BAC), binge drinking, underage drinking, alcoholism, and more…..


Knowledge is Power! Use of Knowledge is Powerful!

HEALTH TEACHERS ATTEND SUMMIT ON MARIJUANA USE

The Safe School Climate Project grant sponsored professional development for our health and physical education teachers.


Ms. Anita Hingleton-Mobley and Reggie McLain , health and physical education teachers, attended the Blunt Truth: Today’s Marijuana Summit on April 23, 2015, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.


The summit provided information about marijuana and its effects on our community, as well as dispelled myths and misconceptions regarding legalization of marijuana.


Want to know The Blunt Truth? According to Ms. Mobley and Mr. McLain, these are the facts:


· Marijuana is addictive. Estimates from research suggest that about 9% of users become addicted.

· Marijuana use affects the developing brain. Regular heavy marijuana use by teens can lead to an IQ drop of up to 8 points.

· Heavy use is linked to lower grades and exam scores, less likely to enroll in college, less likely to graduate from high school or college, and more likely to be unemployed. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

· Marijuana is still an illegal drug. Drugged driving is a threat to our roadways significantly impairing coordination and reaction time involving automobile accidents and fatalities.


Source: www.theblunttruthsc.com


Share the truth about the impact of marijuana use with our students by visiting www.theblunttruthsc.com

NOT EVERYONE IS USING DRUGS

Fact: Not Everyone Is Using Drugs


One reason some teens decide to start smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol or using other drugs is because they think "everyone is doing it.” And, since they think that the majority of their peers are using drugs, students draw the conclusion that it must be OK. But statistics do not back up that claim.


Fact: Most Teens Aren’t Using Drugs: Most students go all the way through high school without ever doing drugs or getting drunk. A nationwide survey of 12th grade students revealed the following about their use of alcohol and drugs during their lifetime:


· 53.3% never used any illegal drug.

· 58% never smoked marijuana.

· 90.5% never did inhalants.

· 94% never did cocaine.


Source: Monitoring the Future Survey

The earlier an individual starts smoking, drinking or using other drugs, the greater the likelihood of developing addiction.


Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Safe School Climate Grant Site Coordinators

CONTACT PERSONS

Rona Suart

Site Coordinator

rona.stuart@richlandone.org


Alexandria Williams

Site Coordinator

alexandria.williams@richlandone.org