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

2008 Presentations

January 4, 2008 The Courage to Speak is having the next support group meeting. The group encourages all family member to attend. For further information email us at gkcourage@aol.com  or call 1-877-431-3295 Family members who have lost someone to substance abuse 12 noon
January 8, 2008 Ginger Katz’s Presentation at West Rocks Middle School at 81 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT as a kick off to the New Parenting Course called “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T”  See press release. families 6:45 pm
January 10, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Facilitators Training for  Courageous Parenting 101T.  See application form. Must apply prior to January 4, 2008. call 1 877 431 3295 for information invited facilitators only TBA
January 14, 2008 Caver Center in Norwalk, C T all students 4 pm
January 15, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Session #1 – parents only, must be registered, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT parents only 6:30 pm
January 22, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Session # 2 – parents only, must be registered, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT parents only 6:30 pm
January 29, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Session # 3 – parents only, must be registered, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT parents only 6:30 pm
January 30, 2008 Speaker at CT State Capital see press release CT Legislators, Senators and concerned citizens 8:30 am
February 4, 2008 Norwalk Housing Authority, Norwalk, CT middle and high school students 4:30 pm
February 5, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Session # 4 – parents only, must be registered, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT parents only 6:30 pm
February 12, 2008 The Courage to Speak is having the next support group meeting. The group encourages all family member to attend. For further information email us at gkcourage@aol.com  or call 1-877-431-3295 Family members who have lost someone to substance abuse 12 pm
February 12, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Session # 5 – parents only, must be registered, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT parents only 6:30 pm
February 15, 2008 Side by Side Community School 7th grade 11:25 pm
March 2, 2008 Keynote Speaker at the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Conference on Addictions, University of Florida Conference Center participants 12:45 pm
March 5, 2008 Brewster High School, Brewster NY 9th and 10th Grade TBA
March 5, 2008 Brewster High School, Brewster NY 11th and 12th Grade TBA
March 10, 2008 Staples High School, Staples CT juniors 12:40 pm
March 11, 2008 Fordham High School, Bronx NY 9th grade 12:40 pm
Date TBA for April Fairfield Prep, Fairfield, CT parents TBA
March 19, 2008 Bridgeport Schools, Bridgeport CT 7 & 8th grade Science teachers TBA
March 24, 2008 Announcing – The Courage to Speak “Empowering Youth to be Drug Free” Family Night “ at West Rock Middle School. Doors open 5:30 pm. The event will be open to families from Norwalk and other communities. The evening will include the Courage to Speak Presentation for Parents and Students. On display will be the remarkable prevention posters and collages created by the children during the Courage To Speak drug prevention classes in elementary and middle school. The Courage To Speak Drug Prevention Curriculum is helping seventh graders to become outstanding prevention advocates and mentors for their younger siblings. The evening will also include the work of the students in elementary school based on Sunny’s Story and the Courage to Speak Elementary Drug Prevention Curriculum. The Courage To Speak Community Leadership and Recognition Awards will also be presented. Snow date March 25, 2008. Concerned citizens – parents, prevention specialists, school personnel, service providers, clergy, legislators, Mayor, school superintendent and administration, law Enforcement including the chief of police and children. 5:30 pm
March 25, 2008 JMATE Conference , Washington DC conference participants TBA
March 29, 2008 Brookside Elementary, Norwalk, CT parents 11 am
April 2, 2008 Fairfield Prep, Fairfield, CT, See flyer parents 7 pm
April 3, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Facilitators Training See application form at West Rocks Middle School, Norwalk, CT Must apply prior to March 31, 2008. call 1 877 431 3295 for information. invited facilitators only 6 pm
April 11, 2008 Garfield School, Bridgeport, CT 6 and 7th grade 9:30 am
April 14, 2008 Seven Bridges Middle School , Chappaqua Schools, New York, See flyer parents 7 pm
April 15, 2008 Bell Middle School , Chappaqua Schools, New York 7 and 8th graders 9 am
April 15, 2008 Seven Bridges Middle School , Chappaqua Schools, New York 7 and 8th graders 11 am
April 16, 2008 North Salem Schools, North Salem NY, See flyer parents 7:45 pm
April 19, 2008 News Channel 8, New Haven CT TBA 7:30 am
April 22, 2008 Trinity Catholic School, Stamford, CT
See flyer
freshman and sophomores 8 pm
April 22, 2008 Trinity Catholic School, Stamford, CT
See flyer
juniors and seniors 9:30 pm
April 22, 2008 Trinity Catholic School, Stamford, CT parents 7 pm
April 24, 2008 Dodd Middle School Auditorium, Cheshire, CT, See flyer community 7 pm
April 25, 2008 Nicholes United Methodist Church, Courageous Parenting 101T Session #1 presented by Jim Sibley CTS Board Member, See flyer church members-must sign up 7-9 pm
April 28, 2008 Fordham Prep, Bronx, NY, See flyer parents and students 7 pm
May 2, 2008 Nicholes United Methodist Church, Courageous Parenting 101T #2 presented by Jim Sibley CTS Board Member church members-must sign up 7-9 pm
May 5, 2008 Caesar Batalla School, Bridgeport, CT 6, 7 and 8th grade 9:30 am
May 9, 2008 Nicholes United Methodist Church, Courageous Parenting 101T #3 presented by Jim Sibley CTS Board Member church members-must sign up 7-9 pm
May 10, 2008 New Jersey, Documentary produced by New Paultz College featuring Ginger Katz, Courage to Speak Family Night and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) TBA TBA
May 10, 2008 Education Notebook on News Channel 12 TBA 7 am, 10:30 am,
2 pm, 1:30 am
May 11, 2008 Education Notebook on News Channel 12 TBA 7:30 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm, 4:30 pm, 11:30 pm, 12:30 am
May 12, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 10:55 am
May 14, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 10:45 am
May 15, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT presented by Ronni McLaughlin juniors 8:45 am
May 15, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 1:25 pm
May 16, 2008 Nicholes United Methodist Church, Courageous Parenting 101T #4 presented by Jim Sibley CTS Board Member church members-must sign up 7-9 pm
May 20, 2008 Classic Studies School, Bridgeport, CT 6th grade 1 pm
May 21, 2008 The 36th Annual Parent Convention Bridgeport Public Schools –  Title 1 Parent Advisory Council Ms.  See flyer community Ms. Katz will be speaking at 10:45 am and 12:45 pm
May 22, 2008 Columbus Middle School, Bridgeport, CT 6th grade 11:30 am
May 23, 2008 Nicholes United Methodist Church, Courageous Parenting 101T #5 presented by Jim Sibley CTS Board Member church members-must sign up 7-9 pm
May 29, 2008 Roosevelt High School, New York, NY all grades 9 pm
June 6, 2008 Nicholes United Methodist Church, Sunny’s Story reading and  curriculum presented by Jim Sibley, CTS Board Member children 7-9 pm
June 16, 2008 High Horizons School Bridgeport, CT 6th graders 1:30 pm
July 26, 2008 The Tenth Annual Ian Eaccarino 9 miler Fundraiser, Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT
See flyer
TBA 8 pm start
August 13, 2008 The Courage to Speak is having the next support group meeting. The group encourages all family member to attend. For further information email us at gkcourage@aol.com or call 1-877-431-3295 Family members who have lost someone to substance abuse 12:30 pm
September 10, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 1:25 pm
September 13, 2008 Cablevision of CT TV, Educational Notebook listening audience check back for times
September 14, 2008 Cablevision of CT TV, Educational Notebook listening audience check back for times
September 15, 2008 Fordham Prep, Bronx, NY freshman 10 am
September 16, 2008 WEBE Radio Station community 3 pm
September 17, 2008 Kennedy Center, Trumbull, CT parents 5:30 pm
September 22, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 1:25 pm
September 23, 2008 Roton Middle School, Norwalk, CT 7th grade 9:30 am
September 24, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 1:25 pm
September 24, 2008 Substance Abuse Treatment Unit, SAPN Sponsored by Yale University community 4 pm
September 24, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 10:45 pm
October 1, 2008 Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT 8th grade TBA
October 1, 2008 Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT parents 7 pm
October 2, 2008 Fordham Prep, Bronx, NY parents 7 pm
October 7, 2008 West Rocks Middel School, Norwalk, CT 7th grade 9:30 am
October 13, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 1:25 pm
October 14, 2008 East Lyme High School, East Lyme, CT, Ginger Katz presentation as a kick off to Courageous Parenting 101T parents 7:30 pm
October 15, 2008 Ginger Katz’s Presentation at West Rocks Middle School at 81 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT as a kick off to the New Parenting Course called “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” See press release participants 6:45 pm
October 16, 2008 Quincy Drug Symposium, Quincy, MA – Broad Meadows Middle School See flyer Sponsored by the Mayor’s call 617-376-199 community 6 pm
October 20, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Session #1 – parents only, must be registered, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT families 6:30 pm
October 22, 2008 Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT adult ed 7 pm
October 23, 2008 Nathan Hale Middle School, Norwalk, CT 7th grade 8:24 pm
October 24, 2008 Ponus Ridge Middle School, Norwalk, CT 7th grade 1:30 pm
October 27, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Session #2 – parents only, must be registered, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT families 6:30 pm
October 28, 2008 Hall High School, West Hartford 9, 10, 11, 12 grades TBA
October 30, 2008 Conard High School, West Hartford 9, 10, 11, 12 grades TBA
November 3, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Session #3 – parents only, must be registered, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT families 6:30 pm
November 10, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Session #4 – parents only, must be registered, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT families 6:30 pm
November 11, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 10:45 am
November 13, 2008 Henry Well Middle School, Brewster NY parents 7:30 pm
November 14, 2008 Henry Well Middle School, Brewster NY students TBA
November 14, 2008 Henry Well Middle School, Brewster NY students TBA
November 17, 2008 “The Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101T” Session #5 – parents only, must be registered, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, CT families 6:30 pm
December 1, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 10:55 am
December 4, 2008 Staples High School, Westport, CT juniors 8:25 am
December 18, 2008 Wheeler Clinic, CT parents and children (must be invited) 5:30 pm

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