Wood County Prevention

Eastwood Local Schools- April 2016

School Based

JTI Retreat Recap

The annual Wood County JTI Retreat was held on April 15th at Otsego. The night was eventful and the students had a great time. Eastwood had 12 students attend, 4 High School students and 8 Junior High students. The night had many activities to get the students moving and interacting with other students from different schools. There was an obstacle course, Minute to Win It Challenges, Family Groups, and a Cross The Line activity. The students who attended cannot wait till next year's retreat.

One Step Ahead Members Become JTI Leaders

Students in the One Step Ahead(OSA) group have started taking leadership roles. Every Junior Teen Institute meeting will be lead by two to three OSA members. The JTI members look up to the high school students and love seeing what they are up to.

On April 12th Chandler Davidson, Olivia Flores, and Jordan Davidson lead the members in a balloon race. They divided teams up into 3 groups. Each member received a balloon. They were asked to blow up their balloons then release them and to stand where it landed. The first team to reach the end line won. The meaning behind the activity is that when you use drugs and alcohol you are never a 100% sure the effects they will have on your body.

On April 26th Lucia Diaz, Stephanie Brockschmidt, and Kaylee Dudley lead the members in a chip race. The students needed to get pennies from one cup to the next cup by passing it through their teammates using spoons. During each round there were different requirements: left hand only, right hand only, and can't pick up the cup. The goal of the activity was to get to members to see how certain restrictions can affect your motor skills.

Meeting Times

One Step Ahead (OSA) is a drug free leadership program for high school students. Through the program, students develop the skills to become a positive leader within their schools and communities. Students are also equipped with the knowledge and abilities to not only make positive choices for themselves , but also to encourage their peers to make healthy decisions.

JTI is the middle school version of OSA.

May OSA Meetings:

Tuesday the 3rd, before school

Tuesday the 10th, before school

Tuesday the 17th, before school

Tuesday the 24th, before school

May JTI Meetings:

Tuesday the 10th, during AA

Tuesday the 24th, during AA


One Step Ahead Shoe Drive

OSA will be holding a district wide shoe drive starting May 2nd through May 20th. Drop off locations will be at the High School, Middle School, Luckey Elementary, and Pemberville Elementary main offices. The only requirements are the shoes need to be wearable, pairs, closed toed, but can be any size. The shoes will be donated to the SewHope Organization that travels to Peten, Guatemala where they supply the community with shoes.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Hannah Jacobs at hjacobs@eastwoodlocalschools.org

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We Are The Majority Rally 2016

One of the most common misconceptions from our society is that a majority of young people are making detrimental decisions that affect the rest of their lives. However, research has continuously shown that a vast majority of youth are making positive, healthy choices.

To help capitalize on this message, we are holding the fifth annual We Are the Majority Concert, Resiliency Ring, and Rally on April 28, 2016 in downtown, Columbus, Ohio. This day will consist of opportunities for learning about the importance of living a positive, healthy lifestyle. Students will also have an opportunity to march to the Ohio Statehouse to let their voices on this important issue be heard.

Eastwood was not able to send any students this year due to testing but we hope to send some next year.

Start Talking: Know!

Know! Your Parenting Style Matters

Research has identified four basic parenting styles. Some of these styles are associated with more positive outcomes, including decreased risk for alcohol and other drug use.

Which parenting style do you use most often?

Authoritarian (dictatorship): High on discipline and setting limits, low on love and affection. If challenged by their child on a rule, these parents are likely to say, “Because I said so, end of discussion.”

Authoritative (democracy): High on setting appropriate limits and positive discipline and high on love and displays of affection. While these parents still make the final call, they welcome discussion with their children on decision-making and they respect their child’s opinion.

Permissive (indulgent): High on love and affection, low on discipline and limits. While these households are filled with love, they lack hardand- fast-rules; and when one of the few set rules are broken, the children are able to negotiate their way out of any consequence.

Neglectful (uninvolved): Low on discipline and limits and low on love and affection. These parents provide food and shelter for their child, but little else. They are either incapable of appropriately caring for and supporting their child or they are simply too caught up in their own lives to concern themselves with their child’s wants and needs.

As you consider your own parenting style, you may solidly fall into one of these four categories, or you may find that your parenting is a combination of styles. Can you guess which parenting style is best at directing children away from alcohol and other drugs?

If you said Authoritative, you’re correct. Here’s why: Authoritative parenting is centered on effective communication. Parents set rules and guidelines and are clear on their expectations. When the rules are questioned, authoritative parents are willing to listen and provide an explanation in a calm and loving manner. If a rule is broken, they will follow through on the consequences, and do so in a nurturing and forgiving way. These parents have open and honest conversations about alcohol and other drugs, provide the facts and answer any questions their children have on the subject. These children understand why to say “no” and, through their parents’ parenting style, have learned decisionmaking skills which can be used even in their parents’ absence.

On the other hand, authoritarian and neglectful parenting, are said to be ineffective in relation to drug prevention. Children of authoritarian parents constantly look for positive validation for meeting their parents’ demands, yet are always left feeling unfulfilled. These youth are more likely to give in to negative peer pressure in order to gain the validation they seek, and are less likely to know how to make a good choice when their parents are not present to make it for them. Children of neglectful parents cannot count on mom or dad to sit down and talk with them about the dangers of substance use. They are left to their own devices when it comes to learning about alcohol and other drugs and the consequences that follow.

The jury is still out on permissive parenting. While some experts say that indulgent parenting places children at the highest risk for substance use, others say that the strong parent/child relationship developed through this style of parenting may be equally as effective as authoritative parenting.

Parenting is not easy and there is no perfect formula that guarantees a child’s success. However, most experts agree that a parent’s best bet is authoritative parenting, as it is consistently linked with increased positive outcomes, including lower risk for substance use.

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On Site Prevention Office

My name is Hannah Jacobs. I am the On-Site Prevention Specialist for Eastwood Local Schools. I am in the district every Tuesday and Thursday.

My Responsibilities:

  • Problem Identification (Referrals: Behavior, ATOD use, social support)
  • Life Skills Education Classes in HS
  • Class Action Education Classes in HS
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer
  • Teen Institute Advisor
  • Junior Teen Institute Advisor