On behalf of the Howard County Alcohol Coalition, HC DrugFree has launched a new initiative - Be a Parent, Not a Friend - in an effort to educate parents and other adults about the risks and consequences of providing alcohol to underage youth, as well as the hazards of underage drinking. Pictured at the right are: Medical Director, Howard County Fire & Rescue Services - Dr. Kevin Seaman; Director of the Bureau of Behavioral Health, Howard County Health Department - Roe Rogers-Bonaccorsy; Executive Director, HC DrugFree - Joan Webb Scornaienchi; Howard County Health Officer, Howard County Health Department - Dr. Maura Rossman; Chair, Howard County Board of Education - Ellen Flynn Giles; Howard County Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker; Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner.
HC DrugFree is pleased to announce that River Hill High School parent Henrietta Kan won the annual Parent After Prom Contest. Mrs. Kan, the mother of Tiffany (senior) and Athena (junior), will receive a $100 gift card simply because her daughters attended RHHS's After Prom instead of private parties. The contest drawing was held at the June Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meeting. Congratulations Mrs. Kan! HC DrugFree thanks parents who make the choice not to host parties where there may be drugs and alcohol present. Pictured: Tiffany Kan with her mother Henrietta.
In a powerful Parent2Parent program co-hosted by HC DrugFree and the Howard High School PTSA, Andy and Drema Bonavitacola shared the story of their son Joey's struggle with prescription drugs which eventually ended in his death. The Bonavitacolas were joined by other parents who shared their stories as well. Pictured here are HC DrugFree volunteeer Ed Kaplan, Howard High School PTSA Presiident Christine O'Connor, Drema and Andy Bonavitacola and HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi.
HC DrugFree heard from 269 Howard County parents of children ages 12 to 20. Parents want HC DrugFree to stay involved in the schools, continue advocating for the community, share more Howard County data and parenting tips at Town Hall Meetings and other educational programs.
HC DrugFree held its third annual drawing for the parents of teens that attended Howard County High School PTSA sponsored After Proms instead of hosting private parties with alcohol or other drugs. Judge William V. Tucker selected Howard High School parent Donald Way, father of Zachary Way, from the 325 entries while HC DrugFree's Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi (left) and Board of Education member Ellen Flynn Giles witnessed the drawing. Mr. Way won a $100 gift card to Stanford Grill. Congratulations to Mr. Way and thank you to all parents who chose to support After Proms. We would like to extend a special thanks to Stanford Grill for increasing the gift card from $50 to $100.
HC DrugFree held a Town Hall Meeting to discuss changing the environment of underage drinking in Howard County. Joining Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, on the panel were The Honorable William V. Tucker, Judge, Howard County Circuit Court; Chief William McMahon, Howard County Police Department; Dr. Kevin Seaman, Medical Director, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services; James LeMon, Principal, Wilde Lake High School; Farah Evans, Pupil Personnel Worker, Howard County Public Schools; and Rachel Ingley, a recent graduate of a Howard County Public School. Introductory remarks were made by State Delegate Liz Bobo.
Underage drinking is an issue that affects us all. You cannot effect change if you do not make yourself heard.
HC DrugFree presented "Parent 2 Parent" in Spanish to a group of 50 people. The audience heard the story of a mother who lost her son to a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs. A group discussion facilitated by several counselors followed. Thank you to restaurant Azul 17, Safeway of Harper's Choice and Giant of River Hill for donating the event food as well as to tickeri.com and El Zol 107.9, which donated tickets to the Maryland Latino Festival as raffle items. Read the Spanish translation.
Pictured right are: Daniel Maestas; Howard County Health Department Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Counselor Claudia Salomon; HC DrugFree's former Hispanic Outreach Coordinator Molly Smith; HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi; Dr. Gaspar Colón