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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Drug Prevention Education Programs for High School

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The Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Education Programs and Curriculum for High School, developed along with teams of experts in drug prevention, provides high school students and teens in grades 9-12 social emotional skills and knowledge necessary to make healthy decisions and resist the pressure to use drugs.

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This comprehensive substance abuse prevention curriculum incorporates lessons and activities that address communication, decision-making, risk reduction, problem solving and goal setting to empower students to avoid drug use. Students take part in specific skill development and asset-building activities through:

  • Group Discussion
  • Interactive lessons
  • Team work
  • Home-school connections

This user friendly drug prevention program consists of 13 engaging lessons taught by teachers who have been trained by the Courage to Speak® Foundation. The curriculum basis is the Courage to Speak® Presentation (live or DVD) by founder Ginger Katz, which introduces the real-life story of her son Ian’s losing battle with addiction, launching honest and open discussions in a school setting regarding alcohol and other drugs. An optional addition to the curriculum is the book Sunny’s Story, a glimpse at teen drug abuse and loss told through the eyes and mind of the family beagle, Sunny.

The Courage to Speak® Prevention Education Program for High School covers “Need to Know” information on:

  • Marijuana, vaping, alcohol and tobacco
  • Binge drinking
  • Prescription drug misuse
  • Heroin and other drugs

The lessons build critical social emotional skills that enable students to:

  • Develop clear decision-making strategies
  • Have a clear plan to refuse the inevitable offer of alcohol and other drugs
  • Open a dialogue with their parents and trusted adults about the dangers of drugs and other risky behaviors

The lesson objectives meet the National Health Education Standards and were developed under the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control’s Health Education Curriculum Assessment Tool (HECAT).
Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Education Programs for grades 4-12 are available nationwide.

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