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Rockmart High Students conducted a survey among their classmates and found out that 78% of Rockmart High students drink SODA, WATER, or TEA when hanging with friends! Contrary to popular teen beliefs, everyone is NOT drinking. Most kids choose NOT to drink alcohol in their underage years. If you’re a teen struggling with peer pressure to consume alcohol, remember that you’re not alone in making wise decisions. Rethink the drink!

Thanks, Rockmart High, for sharing your positive information!!

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The following images were taken at Rockmart High School in Polk County, GA, as a part of the Positive Social Norming strategy being employed by the student body there. A focus group of students selected a message representing results from surveying their student body and shares the actual number of students who admit to not using alcohol instead of assuming that most students are drinking. These teens deserve our respect and support! Go Rockmart High!

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The sign reads: 8 out of 10 Rockmart High Students Did Not Drink Alcohol In The Past 30 Days!

Go Rockmart High! Rethink the Drink is thrilled to see your empowering skills at work!

Want to connect with Rethink the Drink? Check us out on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and our CPMA Website! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest to show your pledge to rethink the drink.

According to some reports, alcohol and other drug use is declining among minors as the years progress. This is terrific news and we hope that the minors in Polk and Bartow Counties will contribute to these statistics! Please rethink the drink during the holidays and throughout all year! Your life is not benefited by illegally drinking and taking drugs. Your life can only be enhanced by avoiding them. Think logically and wisely! Make good, responsible choices. We’re here to help.

If you are a parent looking to take our survey, click here.

Want to connect with Rethink the Drink? Check us out on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and our CPMA Website! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest to show your pledge to rethink the drink.

Today, I wanted to share with you some of the exciting efforts Rethink the Drink supports and takes part in within Polk county. We’ve got some pictures to share and we hope you’ll see that your support helps us to do these great things in our communities!

photoHere we have the CHAMP graduation of Eastside Elementary School’s fifth graders. [December 2013, Polk County]

photoHere we have Rockmart High School students, posed after seeing Chris Sandy’s DUI presentation. [Polk County, December 2013]

photo 2photo 1The above two pictures are of Rockmart Middle School students participating in our AlcoholEDU curriculum. [December 2013, Polk County].

photoPictured above are Rockmart High School Students representing the Public Safety Club with sponsor Leah Reynolds. [December 2013, Polk County].

photoHere we have Rockmart city businesses that support our cause: Wal-Mart, Raceway, & High-Tech with Stacey Smith, Community Development Coordinator.

As you can see, Rethink the Drink has a lot of local support within our communities, and it is thanks to all the support we receive that we are able to do so much for our teens and parents.

Want to connect with Rethink the Drink? Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and our CPMA Website! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest to show your pledge to rethink the drink!

Photo Courtesy of Reel Change GA. Check out their website by clicking the image!

Are you a blossoming movie maker? Love the idea of getting together with some of your besties and making a film for a great cause? Check out the Reel Change GA Competition! It’s run by the Georgia Governor’s Office for Children and Families and is open to teens aged 12-18. For more information on how to enter, the contest rules, and competition tools, check out their online hangouts!

>> TWITTER HASHTAG: #reelchangega

>> FACEBOOK PAGE

>> WEBSITE

>> EMAIL: support@reelchangega.com

>> PHONE: 404-721-2874

The winning video will be aired on television and in select movie theaters! The deadline for entry is December 15, 2013. Get to movie making!

Want to connect with Rethink the Drink? Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and our CPMA Website! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest to show your pledge to rethink the drink!

 

Many schools celebrated their Homecoming games and dances this past weekend. Some schools will have their Homecomings in the weeks ahead. Whenever your Homecoming celebration is, I truly hope that you’ll pledge to make wise choices–particularly when it comes to alcohol and other drugs. It is not necessary to drink in order to have a fun Homecoming night! Instead of giving into peer pressure to participate in unsafe activities, make the choice to have safe, drug-free fun with your friends!

TIPS FOR A SAFE HOMECOMING

1. Participate in the school sponsored activities (i.e. the football games, dances, and parades) where there will be adult chaperones

2. Let your parents know where you are and who you are with throughout the entire evening so they can be sure you are safe

3. Refuse to get into the cars of friends who have been drinking

4. Stay away from peer parties where you know alcohol will be served

5. Be confident in your decision to refrain from drinking and taking other drugs. You are making a wise choice that will protect yourself and others!!

For those of you who have already had your homecoming, I hope that you made good choices and made the decision to be a good role model to your friends.

We’d love it if you’d help spread the word about and support Rethink the Drink! For more resources like this, be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook (Youth), and Facebook (Adults)! “Like” us and follow us in these places to show your support for and pledge to Rethink the Drink!

image-3 (2)It’s hard to believe that it is already time for students and teachers to start prepping to go back to school. For some students, they’re entering high school or middle school for the first time. For others, this might be their first year of college. Whatever the year of school, there will be many exciting opportunities for learning, fun, and socializing. Football games will start up in a few weeks, as will talk of school dances and mixers.

If you’re in middle school, high school, or college, there will no doubt be opportunities to engage in dangerous activities–namely drugs and alcohol abuse. The temptation might be extremely high. “Everyone’s doing it!” you might say to yourself. I assure you, everyone is NOT participating in those unsafe past times and you don’t have to either. In the next few weeks, the CPMA blog will be bringing you many articles and posts about remaining safe and making wise decisions during this busy and exciting time of year.

So, as you start preparing your backpacks, acquiring your text books, and “First Day Back” outfits, make some time in your busy life to read these posts, share them, and really let the words sink in! You have all the willpower and courage you need to make smart choices in the 2013/2014 school year!