At the December 8, 2011 mandatory parent/athlete high school winter sports night, the auditorium at PVMHS was full with student athletes, parents/guardians, coaches, school staff and administration.
Phil Sheridan, Director of Health & Wellness, Physical Education and Athletics for Peabody Public Schools afforded the Healthy Peabody Collaborative with the unique opportunity to continue substance abuse prevention education before this large audience by bringing in speaker Linda Dutil, RN. Linda presented an abbreivated version of her "Dose of Reality" where she talks about the consequences of drug use and underage drinking. Her focus was on helping parents and students recognize the signs and symptoms of use to empower the audience with intervention skills.
"I thought it was great. Her presentation was informative and honest, and she obviously knew what she was talking about, I think that resonated with the audience." - Pamela, PVMHS Senior
"I loved the subject matter, I think it is something that these kids (and parents) need to see." - PVMHS Freshman Parent
"It was very insightful and informative as to the cause and affect that drugs and alcohol can have on a person. As a dental hygienist for 25 years in the same practice, I have witnessed first hand these sobering facts...watching the reaction of the students, it was very evident that they got her message." - PVMHS Sophomore Parent
"I found her very informative...I think she knows how to get to people and make them think twice about doing drugs." - Connor, PVMHS Freshman
Linda was introduced by Scott Myers of the PVMHS Health Advisory Council (HAC). HAC is a group of student leaders who bring this type of programming to Peabody Public Schools in collaboration with many community partners including the Healthy Peabody Collaborative.
If you are interested or you know of a PVMHS high school student who has a personal mission to live above the influence of drugs and alcohol and would like to get involved, please contact the HPC at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.