Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) welcomes Keith Deltano, teaching comedian, who will speak to seventh and eighth grade students at an assembly Tuesday, regarding the dangers of drug abuse and the potential consequences of sexual activity before marriage.
Deltano’s jokes and skits will keep kids laughing, while teaching them how to successfully cope with peer pressure. Mary Stuller, field director for Project Reality in Florida, says Tuesday’s message will help students to reach short and long term goals.
“It’s going to help them stay focused on things that mean the most to them. It will help them stay in school, have good grades, do well on the tests they have to take every year, graduate and go to college,” explained Stuller. “By staying away from high risk behaviors, they can reach short and long term goals whether it’s getting more education or starting to work in the field they’re going to work in. When they’re making high risk choices it’s overwhelming. Even as adults it is.”
MICMS invites parents to attend an informative “adults only” workshop, entitled Project Reality, which will be held at the school auditorium from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The program will give parents the scoop on 2007 youth culture, offering tips and a “game plan” on how to help their children deal with the issues of today. Subjects will include teen dating, alcohol and drug prevention, peer pressure and dealing with raging hormones.
“Parents are the most important persons in the lives of youth and today’s parents are overwhelmed with many of these cultural issues that are effecting their own children. This will help and empower them with ideas and tools to effectively communicate with children,” said Stuller. “We’re happy the (school) administration believes in empowering the parents as well. And we are pleased to see Marco Island embrace the local youth.”
For more information on Project Reality, call Marco Island Charter Middle School at 377-3200 or visit www.virginityrocks.com.