More than 100 Attended HC DrugFree's Not My Child, Yes Your Child Program

Tonight, more than 100 community members joined with HC DrugFree's team of partners from across Howard County to have an open and honest discussion about the drug and alcohol challenges facing our community.

As HC DrugFree and our team of partners have done for many years at similar events, we made ourselves available to answer questions, offer expertise, and share our passion to save lives and help families.

Thank you to the River Hill High School PTSA for partnering with us, all our partners, and all the parents and community members who attended. 

Pictured front row left to right: Mark Donovan, Meghan Skaggs, Amanda Summers, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Drema Bonavitacola, Stephanie Porter, Jason Shapiro, Andy Bonavitacola. Back row left to right: Herman Robertson, William Tucker, Erik Reid, Kim Oldham, Frank Eastham, and Andy Angelino.

Pictured front row left to right: Mark Donovan, Meghan Skaggs, Amanda Summers, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Drema Bonavitacola, Stephanie Porter, Jason Shapiro, Andy Bonavitacola. Back row left to right: Herman Robertson, William Tucker, Erik Reid, Kim Oldham, Frank Eastham, and Andy Angelino.

HC DrugFree Executive Director Received Jack Epstein Multicultural Education Award

Today, at the Maryland Multicultural Conference held at Marriotts Ridge High School, Joan Webb Scornaienchi was awarded the 2017 Jack Epstein Award for exemplary contributions and commitment to multicultural education in Maryland. 

Joan Webb Scornaienchi 2017 winner of the Jack Epstein Award

Joan Webb Scornaienchi 2017 winner of the Jack Epstein Award

Pictured with past winners of the Jack Epstein Award from left to right: State Superintendent of West Virginia Schools and previous Superintendent of St. Mary's County MD Public Schools  Dr. Michael Martirano, retired from the MD State Dept of Education Linda Shevitz, Joan, and retired from Harford County Public School System Cathy Price

Pictured with past winners of the Jack Epstein Award from left to right: State Superintendent of West Virginia Schools and previous Superintendent of St. Mary's County MD Public Schools  Dr. Michael Martirano, retired from the MD State Dept of Education Linda Shevitz, Joan, and retired from Harford County Public School System Cathy Price

The award was presented by the Maryland Multicultural Coalition, the state chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). This year's conference theme was Journey to Excellence with Equity in Education and marked the 38th anniversary of the Maryland Multicultural Coalition at the 24th annual Maryland Multicultural Coalition Conference.

The following six goals are central to the National Association for Multicultural Education's philosophy: * To respect and appreciate cultural diversity. * To promote the understanding of unique cultural and ethnic heritages. * To promote the development of culturally responsible and responsive curricula. * To facilitate acquisition of the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to function among various cultural groups. * To eliminate racism and discrimination in society. * To achieve social, political, economic, and educational equity. 

Click here to read more about Jack Epstein and the creation of this award.

HC DrugFree's Final 2017 Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City Program

Parents and teens joined together in the Howard High School auditorium as HC DrugFree held the second of two 2017 Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City programs. Principal Nick Novak welcomed everyone, Dr. Calvin Ball presented HC DrugFree with a County Council resolution declaring April as Alcohol Awareness Month in Howard County, HCPD Major Ellsworth Jones shared his personal story of losing friends in a tragic drowning at Ocean City, Ms. Joan Webb Scornaienchi shared how HC DrugFree works with the Ocean City Police throughout the year to keep Howard County families informed and safe, retired Ocean City Beach Patrol Sgt. and Howard County School Administrator James McVey shared lifesaving beach safety tips the students and parents may remember for a lifetime, and Ocean City Police Cpl. Howard Caplan shared information about the law to keep students safe during their visit to Ocean City.

Pictured: Howard High School Principal Nick Novak, County Councilman Dr. Calvin Ball, HC DrugFree's Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HCPSS administrator and retired OC Beach Patrol Sgt. James McVey, OCPD Cpl. Howard Caplan, and HCPD Major Ellsworth Jones.

Pictured: Howard High School Principal Nick Novak, County Councilman Dr. Calvin Ball, HC DrugFree's Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HCPSS administrator and retired OC Beach Patrol Sgt. James McVey, OCPD Cpl. Howard Caplan, and HCPD Major Ellsworth Jones.

HC DrugFree's Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City Program

HC DrugFree held the first of two 2017 Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City programs at Atholton High School. The final 2017 program will be at Howard High School on March 29. 

Certificates of Appreciation from the Howard County Police Department were presented to the speakers by Major Ellsworth Jones. 

Pictured: Ms. Kelly Keefe with OC Beach Patrol and HCPSS, Cpl. Howard Caplan with Ocean City Police, Joan Webb Scornaienchi with HC DrugFree, Mr. James McVey with HCPSS and retired OC Beach Patrol Sgt., and Major Ellsworth Jones with HCPD

Pictured: Ms. Kelly Keefe with OC Beach Patrol and HCPSS, Cpl. Howard Caplan with Ocean City Police, Joan Webb Scornaienchi with HC DrugFree, Mr. James McVey with HCPSS and retired OC Beach Patrol Sgt., and Major Ellsworth Jones with HCPD

HC DrugFree Category at the 2017 HoCo FilmFest

HC DrugFree is proud to announce the 2017 winners of the HC DrugFree Category at the HoCo FilmFest: Amanda and Claire O'Shaughnessy sisters from Reservoir High School (pictured left). (Pictured right) HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi thanks 2017 FilmFest Advisors, Ms. Binki McKenna from Reservoir High School and Ms. Jill Lee from Long Reach High School for working with HC DrugFree and students throughout the year. HC DrugFree congratulates all our category winners. HC DrugFree winning films are on the HoCo FilmFest page on this website. 

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HC DrugFree Continues to Work with Federal Agencies and Others

HC DrugFree's Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi has been busy advocating for substance use/misuse prevention needs with partners from NIDA, CADCA, DEA, and SAMHSA.

Dr. Wilson Compton, NIDA

Dr. Wilson Compton, NIDA

Retired Army General Arthur Dean, CADCA

Retired Army General Arthur Dean, CADCA

Lou Milione, DEA

Lou Milione, DEA

Frances Harding and Kana Enomoto, SAMHSA

Frances Harding and Kana Enomoto, SAMHSA

7 Howard County Women Making a Difference

HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi was one of seven women featured in today's Howard Magazine. Whether it's a full-time job or an all-the-time passion, making change in Howard County is a priority for these local women. To read the article, click here.

HC DrugFree Participates in Drug-Free CommUNITY Dialogue

HC DrugFree was proud to participate in a drug-free CommUNITY dialogue with many of our school and community partners. Pictured below at Wilde Lake High School: Congruent Counseling's Mark Donovan, Wilde Lake High School Principal James LeMon, Howard County Circuit Court Judge and HC DrugFree Board Emeritus William V. Tucker, HCPSS Deputy Superintendent Linda Wise, HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HCPD Chief Gary Gardner, HCPD Captain Jim Marshall, HCPSS BOE Member Sandra French, and HCPSS Executive Director of School Improvement and Administration Frank Eastham. Capt. Marshall and Mrs. French are holding medication storage boxes distributed by HC DrugFree.