The 4th Monday in September
Dinner Makes a Difference!
More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.
Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ is a national movement launched by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in 2001 that promotes the parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners as a simple, effective way to prevent substance abuse in kids.
To learn more about Family Day and to join parents all across America in taking the Family Day STAR pledge, log on to www.CASAFamilyDay.org .
Pledge to be a Family Day STAR who:
S - Spends time with my kids by having dinner together
T - Talks to them about their friends, interests and the dangers of drugs and alcohol
A - Answers their questions and listens to what they say
R - Recognizes that I have the power to help keep my kids substance-free!
Family Day Contest
Complete the activities below and have a chance to win some great prizes!
Thanks to our Local Family Day Sponsors
for supplying great prizes for the raffle.
Halls Market • Connie’s Kitchen • Buffalo Mountion Food Coop
Grand Union Family Market • Yummy Wok • Willey’s Store • Smith’s Grocery
Plan some time to eat as a family and enjoy the below activities during dinner time.
Complete as many as you would like for up to 4 chances to win great prizes by our sponsors.
Family Day Activities Due Oct. 7th.
3 ways to enter: E-mail:
, mail to PO Box 446, Hardwick VT 05843
or drop off at the school office.
Please call 802-472-8010 with any questions.
You are invited to a Community Potluck
Come celebrate Family Day with us!
Hardwick Area Community Coalition is hosting a Community Potluck on
Wed. Sept. 28 to honor FamilyDay.
Where: Hazen Cafeteria at 6:00
FamilyDay A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM is a
national movement launched by CASA in 2001 to remind
parents that frequent family Dinners Make A Difference!
After dinner join us for some family activities.
Fun for the whole family.
The Drawing Contest is open to K-6 graders. To enter the contest, call 472-8010.
We print 600 coloring books that have 15 drawings in it and 3 pages of ads from our sponsors.
The coloring books are handed out to Pre-K to 3rd graders in all the towns we serve.
Most store and restaurant owners are regularly trained to stay current on laws and penalties, but many store employees have not attended any formalized training. Statistics from the VT Department of Liquor Control (DLC) show the store employees who attend a training session taught by the DLC pass alcohol & tobacco compliance checks at higher rates (96%) than staff who are trained in-house by a store manager or are not trained at all (30%). (The statistics for employees trained in-house by a store employee are the same as employees who have never been trained!)
Adults who had first used alcohol before age 15 are five times as likely to be dependent on alcohol as adults who first used at age 21 or older.1 In fact, more than one-quarter (2.0 million) of alcohol-dependent adults, age 21 or older, first used alcohol before age 14.2 About eighty percent, 5.5 million, first used before they were age 18. Ninety-five percent, 6.6 million, first used before age 21.3
1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2005). Results from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings (NSDUH Series H-25), DHHS Publication No. SMA-05-4062, Rockville, MD.
2 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2005). Results from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings (NSDUH Series H-25), DHHS Publication No. SMA-05-4062, Rockville, MD.
3 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2005). Results from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings (NSDUH Series H-25), DHHS Publication No. SMA-05-4062, Rockville, MD.
Most teens who drink get their alcohol from "social" sources - parents of other teens, older siblings, and other relatives and friends. We Don't Serve Teens, a new national campaign to reduce underage drinking, is focusing on the social sources that may provide teens with access to alcohol. The campaign's centerpiece is www.DontServeTeens.gov, a website sponsored by a coalition of public and private sector organizations, including the Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency. The message to neighbors, relatives, and friends is "Don't serve alcohol to teens. It's unsafe. It's illegal. It's irresponsible."
The legal drinking age in the United States is 21. Drinking can cause serious health and safety consequences - as well as legal consequences for the person providing the alcohol. Studies show that adults strongly support this law - a recent national survey showed that most parents said the drinking age should remain 21 or be raised. But parents need help to make sure their teens don't have access to alcohol.
For more information on stopping teens' easy access to alcohol, practical tips on talking to kids about alcohol and alcohol advertising, and what to say to friends and neighbors about serving alcohol to teens, visit www.DontServeTeens.gov.