Sunny’s Story

Sunny's Story

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Sunny's Story, written by Ginger Katz is a drug prevention book for all ages. It is a compelling story for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, teachers and more. Sunny’s Story tells of joyful times and sad times, and of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost to drug abuse.

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It is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle. The story tells the ups and downs of life with his young master Ian, beginning with their meeting at an animal shelter, and ending with a futile effort to ward off disaster

Sunny's Story is read at many dinner tables across the country, in schools, libraries, as part of Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curricula for elementary, middle and high school students as well as a standalone book for children of all ages, parents, grandparents, teachers and professionals in the field of treatment and prevention.

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Current Schedule | Past Presentations: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

For information on past presentations, please contact Ms. Katz via E-mail at gkatz@couragetospeak.org or call 1-877-431-3295. To book a presentation, click here.

Current Presentation Schedule

2003 Presentations

December 11, 2003 Staples High School, Westport, CT Juniors 8:30 am
December 1, 2003 Staples High School, Westport, CT Juniors 10:15 am
November 25, 2003 Staples High School, Westport, CT Juniors 8:40 pm
November 24, 2003 Wilbur Cross presentation and the New Courage to Speak 18 hours Drug Prevention Curriculum implementation, Bridgeport, CT 7th Grade 9:30 am
November 18, 2003 Nathan Hale Middle School presentation and the New Courage to Speak 18 hours Drug Prevention Curriculum implementation, Bridgeport, CT 7th Grade 8:30 pm
November 5, 6 and 7, 2003 Saint Anthony’s Hospital Wellness Conference, Illinois Employees and Students
November 2, 3 and 4, 2003 Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Conference Attendees 3-4:30 pm and 8-9 am
October 30, 2003 Invitation by John Walters, Drug Czar to attend the ONDCP Summit in Washington, DC 8:00 am
October 28, 2003 Springford HS, PA Juniors and Seniors 8:30 am
October 27, 2003 Springford HS, PA Parents 7:30 pm
October 27, 2003 Springford HS, PA Freshman and Sophomores 8:30 am
October 23, 2003 Roton Middle School, Norwalk, CT presentation and the New Courage to Speak 18 hours Drug Prevention Curriculum implementation 7th Grade 10:00 am
October 22, 2003 West Rocks Middle School presentation and the New Courage to Speak 18 hours Drug Prevention Curriculum implementation 7th Grade 8:35 am
October 13, 2003 The Courage to Speak is having the next support group meeting, Monday, September 8, 2003, at 7:00 pm at 3 Quincy Street, Norwalk, CT 06850. The group encourages all family member to attend. For further information email us at gkcourage@aol.com Family members who have lost someone to substance abuse 7:00 pm
October 8, 2003 The New England Governors’ Summit – Invitation from the Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy – Boston, MA 9:00 am
October 3, 2003 Ponus Ridge Middle School presentation and the New Courage To Speak 18 hours Drug Prevention Curriculum implementation 7th Grade 9:00 am
October 3, 2003 Courage To Speak Day in Connecticut proclaimed by Governor Rowland
September 18, 2003 Staples HS, Westport CT Juniors 12:25 am
September 17, 2003 Community Outreach, Greenwich, CT Community 7:30 pm
September 8, 2003 The Courage to Speak is having the next support group meeting, Monday, September 8, 2003, at 7:00 pm at 3 Quincy Street, Norwalk, CT 06850. The group encourages all family member to attend. For further information email us at gkcourage@aol.com Family members who have lost someone to substance abuse 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
August 1, 2003 Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT Students and Parents 7:00 pm
July 25, 2003 New Beginning, Waterbury, CT All age Children 9:00 am
July 2003 Kiwanis Club of Norwalk Community Noon
June 19, 2003 Salem, NY Juniors and Seniors 7:30 pm
June 18, 2003 North Salem, NY Community 7:30 pm
June 11, 2003 Staples High School, Westport CT Juniors 12:30 pm
June 9, 2003 The Courage to Speak is having the next support group meeting, Monday, February 10, 2002, at 7:00 pm at 3 Quincy Street, Norwalk, CT 06850. The group encourages all family member to attend. For further information email us at gkcourage@aol.com Family members who have lost someone to substance abuse 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Month of June “Meet the Leaders on Cablevision TV” The episode will debut Monday, June 9, at 7 p.m., running the same time each night that week through Sunday, June 15. It will run at 8:00 p.m. the entire week beginning Monday, June 16; 9:00 p.m. throughout the week of Monday, June 23; and at 10:00 p.m. the week beginning Monday, June 30.
Community
May 16, 2003 Dover High School, Dover, New Hampshire Juniors and Seniors 10:15 am
May 16, 2003 Dover High School, Dover, New Hampshire Freshman and Sophomores 9:00 am
May 15, 2003 Staples HS, Westport, CT Juniors 9:15 pm
May 14, 2003 Staples HS, Westport, CT Juniors 9:15 pm
May 12, 2003 The Courage to Speak is having the next support group meeting, Monday, February 10, 2002, at 7:00 pm at 3 Quincy Street, Norwalk, CT 06850. The group encourages all family member to attend. For further information email us at gkcourage@aol.com Family members who have lost someone to substance abuse 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 7, 2003 Burlington H S, Burlington, MA (sponsor by the Burlington Police dept. and the Burlington Schools) All Grades 12:00 pm
May 6, 2003 Burlington Middle School, Burlington, MA Parents 7:00 pm
May 6, 2003 Burlington Middle School, Burlington, MA 7th and 8th Grades 12:00 pm
May 5, 2003 Staples High School, Westport, CT Juniors 12:40 pm
May 2, 2003 Staples High School, Westport, CT Juniors 12:40 pm
May 1, 2003 Staples High School, Westport, CT Juniors 9:40 am and 10:40 am
April 30, 2003 Pelham Memorial High School All Grades TBA
April 29, 2003 Huntington Middle School, Huntington LI 8th Grade 10:00 am
April 24, 2003 Killingworth High School, Killingworth, CT Juniors and Seniors 8:00-10:00 am
April 15, 2003 North East Middle School, Bristol, CT 7th and 8th Grades 9:00 am
April 12, 2003 Pride Youth Convention Attendees TBA
April 8, 2003 New Rochelle HS, New Rochelle, NY 9,10,11 and 12th Grades 8:30 am
April 4, 2003
Announcing the Courage to Speak Basketball Classic 2003 fundraiser at Norwalk HS (doors open 6 pm) featuring CT All Star Gils basketball players go head to head on the court and The Hot Shot (CT Senior Olympic Basketball Team) VS The Big Shot (community male leaders) in the half time event know as the “Battle of the Sexes” and foul shooting and slam dunk contest for all ages. See link under fundraiser.
Community
6:00 pm
March 31, 2003 Norwalk Housing Authority Parents 5:30 pm
March 31, 2003 Norwalk Housing Authority Middle and High School 4:30 pm
March 26, 2003 Staples HS, Westport, CT Juniors 11:30 am
March 24, 2003 Boy Scout of Westport, CT All Grades 7:00 pm
March 19, 2003 West Rock Middle School follow up presentation to children involving the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Activities Manual Parents 7:00 pm
March 18, 2003 Norwalk High School, Norwalk, CT Freshman 9:29 am
March 14, 2003 Saint Joseph High School, Fairfield, CT 11th and 12th Grades 9:30 am
March 11, 2003 Huntington HS, Huntington NY 9,10,11 and 12 Grades TBA
March 10, 2003 The Courage to Speak is having the next support group meeting, Monday, March 10, 2003, at 7:00 pm at 3 Quincy Street, Norwalk, CT 06850. The group encourages all family member to attend. For further information email us at gkcourage@aol.com. Family members who have lost someone to substance abuse 7:00 to 9:00 am
March 10, 2003 Huntington HS, Huntington NY Parents 7:00 pm
March 6, 2003 Staples HS, Westport, CT Juniors 12:25 pm
March 6, 2003 West Rocks Middle School, Norwalk, CT 8th Grade Students 8:45 am
March 5, 2003 Staples HS, Westport, CT Juniors 8:40 am
March 2, 2003 Saint Luke’s Youth Group, Westport, CT Youth Members 6:00 pm
February 28, 2003 The National Association of Independent Schools 2003 Annual Conference, New York Hilton, New York Conference Attendees 2:30 pm
February 21-24, 2003 The National Association of Secondary School Principals, San Diego, CA Conference Attendees TBA
February 21, 2003 Coronado High School, Coronado, CA 9th Grade to 12th Grade TBA
February 11-14, 2003 CADCA National Leadership Forum X111, Washington DC Largest professional and grassroots community coalition leaders in the country. TBA
February 10, 2003 The Courage to Speak is having the next support group meeting, Monday, February 10, 2002, at 7:00 pm at 3 Quincy Street, Norwalk, CT 06850. The group encourages all family member to attend. For further information email us at gkcourage@aol.com. Family members who have lost someone to substance abuse 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
February 5, 2003 Westport Kiwanis, Westport, CT Members 12:15 pm
February, 2003 Issue of The Principal Leadership Magazine……3000 word article called “The Courage to Speak” magazine distributed all over the country to principals in middle schools and high schools. Community
January 31, 2003 The Parent Corp., sponsored by NIDA at the Parent Corps Focus-Group Conference, Ms. Katz has been asked to represent parents in the country who lost their child to drugs. Attendees 9:00 pm
January 28, 2003 Launching of the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Activities Manual at Westrocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT
180 7th Graders
8:35 am
January 13, 2003 The Courage to Speak is having the next support group meeting, Monday, January 13, 2002, at 7:00 pm at 3 Quincy Street, Norwalk, CT 06850. The group encourages all family member to attend. For further information email us at gkcourage@aol.com. Family members who have lost someone to substance abuse 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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