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Above That Club Teen Essay Contest Prevention Red Ribbon Day Marijuana Talk Kit Middle School Poster Contest


Above That Club

The Above That Club is an after school extracurricular program open to sixth through eighth-graders at FHMS. The Club meets once a month to discuss and role play ways to stay above the negative influences of alcohol and drugs in addition to playing games and having fun.

In 2012, the FH Coalition first began and continues to sponsor the Above That Club and other school activities designed to build upon refusal skills of students and minimize risky behavior and choices.

Under the direction of FHMS PE teacher, Patti Schultz, the FHMS Above That Club hosted an anti-bullying, martial arts demonstration during a club meeting. A special thank you to Master Grant Smith of Fountain Hills Martial Arts for his engaging and informative demonstration on what kids can do to keep themselves safe and bully-proof!

Above That Club Officers

From left to right: Gina Woods, President; Hannah
Barsema, Co-Vice President/Secretary; Tyler Pfeifer,
Membership Representative; Sarah Brown, Co-Vice President.

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Red Ribbon Day

The annual prevention event in October, "Red Ribbon Week", is a series of nationally recognized prevention activities held around the USA in memory of fallen DEA agent Kiki Camarena.

Each year the FH Coalition partners with Maricopa County Sherriff's Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Town of Fountain Hills and Fountain Hills Middle School to sponsor Red Ribbon events. One half of a school day is dedicated to this event to raise awareness about the dangers of drug use.


Red Ribbon Day 2014

DEA Agent Shannon Scheel and former DEA agent and
Coalition Board member, Doug Hebert, educate students
on the history of Red Ribbon Day.

The students participate in different exercises
demonstrating the negative effects drugs have on coordination.

A member of Scottsdale Healthcare demonstrates
how detrimental smoking can be to one's
tongue, gums and teeth.
  

Students visit different stations to learn ways of staying
healthy and the importance of good nutrition.

FHMS Faculty, Julie Goodell and Patti Schultz
(Above That Club Facilitator) spend countless
hours coordinating the day's events.

Students win prizes for knowing Red Ribbon Day facts and
their participation in the activities.

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Teen Essay Contest

Every January, the Fountain Hills Coalition sponsors a community-wide essay contest for all high school students in grades 9-12. The 2016 Essay Contest received 171 essays in which students were awarded prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place along with 14 honorable mentions. Thanks to a generous donation by the Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation, awards were doubled from last year.

A celebration and awards ceremony was held February 12, 2016 where students, parents, teachers, school administrators, contest sponsors and judges were treated to a delicious lunch catered by Redendo's Pizzeria.


FHHS Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Sweeny (L) is
introduced by Coalition Board member, Dwight Johnson.


The top three Essay Contest winners: from left: McKenna McCue (2nd),
Nataly Gruender (1st ) and Noah Ohnsorg (3rd).

Essay Flyer - CLICK HERE to enlarge

2016 Winners Article - CLICK HERE to enlarge

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Prevention during high-risk periods

Several days before homecoming and prom we focus on raising awareness of the dangers of drugs and underage alcohol use. Below are a few examples of activities in which the coalition has participated.

Prevention Prevention Goggles
Prevention - boy with goggles Prevention Driving with Goggles
Teens learn what happens to coordination after drinking by using special goggles
Prevention - girl with goggles

Windshield - Wendy's Windshield Crash Car

Speaker
The coalition sponsored national speaker, Johan Khalilian, to present at Fountain Hills High School.
http://johanluis.com/
  Wendy's Frosty Coupon
Partnering with Wendy's, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, and Fountain Hills High School we give away coupons to high school students and display a crash car on the campus!

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Marijuana Talk Kit

"When I was a kid......"

.... doesn't really work today when talking with your kids about marijuana. Marijuana, legal or otherwise, has become a national topic. It is more important than ever for parents to protect their child's health and development by addressing this issue upfront and with facts.

Through the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids*, the Fountain Hills Coalition offers a free Marijuana Talk Kit to help families navigate through a changing marijuana landscape; one that includes new policies like legalization, as well as new products, like "edible" candies and cookies. We've consulted with top experts in both the health and parenting fields in creating this booklet so that you can set the stage to have an open dialogue with your teen.

Believe it or not, YOU are the most powerful influence in your child's life. More than friends, celebrities and social media combined. And we are here to help.


CLICK HERE to view the complete talk kit.

If you would like to receive a Marijuana Talk Kit (20 page booklet) in the mail, email us at: contact@fhcoalition.org and include your name and mailing address. No questions asked.



*Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, DrugFree.org, Parents toll-free Helpline 1-855-DRUGFREE

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Middle School Poster Contest

ABOVE THE INFLUENCE POSTER CONTEST

In January 2016, the FH Coalition sponsored the second annual Above the Influence Poster Contest inviting all Middle and Charter School students to participate. The contest gave students an opportunity to create a social message poster that depicts living and loving life above the negative influences of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. This year's theme was "Respect Yourself". No words were allowed and the Above the Influence symbol (an arrow pointing up inside a circle) had to be incorporated somewhere on the poster. Thanks to a generous donation given by the Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation, awards were doubled from last year. A total of 130 posters were received and first, second and third place winners of each grade were awarded cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50, respectively. The first place winners also had flyers of their winning poster distributed by Papa Murphy's Pizza.

Winners were announced during class assemblies. Here, Coalition Director, Shelly Mowrey addresses the FH Charter School
Winners were announced during class assemblies.
Here, Coalition Director, Shelly Mowrey addresses the FH Charter School.

FH Charter School
From left to right: FH Charter School Principal, Lynda Rice alongside poster contest winners:
Sierra Gibbs (1st), Jason Broom (2nd), Isaac Wilson (3rd) with teacher Shannon Lorance.

FH Middle School
FH Middle School Principal, Anita Gomez (L) and art teacher, Tracy Perry,
congratulate 8th grade winners, Theo Papanikos (3rd), Hannah Barsema (2nd)
and Anya Feyrer-Melk (1st).

Winning posters of the 2016 Above the Influence Middle School Poster Contest:

FH Charter School:

First place: Sierra Gibbs
First place: Sierra Gibbs
Second place: Jason Broom
Second place: Jason Broom
Third place: Isaac Wilson
Third place: Isaac Wilson

FHMS 6th Grade:

First Place-Fatima Naranjo
First Place-Fatima Naranjo
Second place-Ethen Rodwell
Second place-Ethen Rodwell
Third place-Madeline Britton
Third place-Madeline Britton

FHMS 7th Grade:

First Place-Evelyn Lagnese
First Place-Evelyn Lagnese
Second place-Morgan Solomon
Second place-Morgan Solomon
Third place-Ethan McGraw
Third place-Ethan McGraw

FHMS 8th Grade:

First Place-Anya Feyre-Melk
First Place-Anya Feyre-Melk
Second place-Hannah Barsema
Second place-Hannah Barsema
Third place-Theo Papanikos
Third place-Theo Papanikos

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