"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."
Riverhead Community Awareness Program (CAP) and
The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth, which includes RCSD students and school officials, Riverhead CAP, representatives from Riverhead Town Government , the Riverhead Police Department and the Peconic Bay Medical Center have joined together for several years to work to promote programs throughout the community to raise awareness about the importance of being proactive in trying to prevent Riverhead young people from making risky decisions that could negatively impact their lives or their friends' lives for the rest of their lives.
On Monday, May 10th, this effort by the schools and community was applauded, held up as an example, and reinforced by NYS and Governor Cuomo's office via the visit of Arlene González-Sánchez, Commissioner of the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, who spoke to school officials, local politicians and several hundred seniors in the high school cafeteria about the NYS Talk2Prevent campaign -- a catalyst to help spark conversations between these young adults and their parents about the dangers of underage drinking and risky behavior at this time of the year.
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"As many of you have read in the newspapers, this week," noted Superintendent of Schools Nancy Carney, "Riverhead High School was visited by Arlene González-Sánchez, commissioner of the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The commissioner chose to kick off a statewide campaign at our school working to educate students and parents about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse among teenagers, particularly during prom and graduation celebration season. The 'Talk to Prevent' campaign is coordinated locally by a true community gem, the Riverhead Community Awareness Program, and its director Felicia Scocozza. I would like to thank Commissioner Gonzalez-Sanchez, high school seniors Stephanie Ambrosio and Samantha Dunn, who did an outstanding job speaking to their classmates about making good choices, and Riverhead Town Councilman John Dunleavy, PBMC President Andrew Mitchell, and Police Officer Dennis Cavanagh, all of whom joined us for the campaign kickoff."