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A drug prevention book written by a mother who lost her son to a drug overdose from the viewpoint of the family beagle, Sunny. It's a great learning tool for kids, parents, teachers, and others.

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The Courage to Speak® Presentation

Featuring: Ginger Katz

CEO/Founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation

In Partnership With Cloonan’s PE Team


WHO:                   Cloonan Middle school 8th Graders

WHAT:                 Empowering Youth to be Drug Free

WHEN:                 Friday, November 14, 2014 11:15 a.m

WHERE:               Cloonan Auditorium

BACKGROUND:In a riveting and thought-provoking presentation, nationally renowned speaker, Ginger Katz, shares the story of her son Ian’s losing battle with drugs.  Mrs. Katz reaches young people like few others can. Through her presentations, she implores listeners to follow the positive passions in their lives.  A central theme of her work is that young people should cultivate relationships with three to five trusted adults with whom they are able to share their problems and innermost thoughts.

Through her Presentation, students and parents begin to recognize the telltale signs of alcohol and other drug use and the veils behind which those signs hide: anger, denial, fear, pain and deception.  Her presentations frequently elicit responses from young people wanting to share their problems as a result of hearing the Courage To Speak® Presentation. Some youngsters are in a serious crisis. The Courage to Speak is committed to responding immediately and provides referrals where needed.


Laureen Mody, Assistant Principal, Cloonan Middle School, Stamford – 203-977-4548

Sharon Beadle 203-977-4095     203-561-8055


Stamford Public Schools (SPS) comprises 16,000 students, 1,500 professionals, and 20 schools, including six magnet and two International Baccalaureate schools. SPS has a total of 12 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools. The mission of SPS is to prepare each and every student for higher education and success in the 21st century.

SPS is proud that our district is as rich in diversity as it is in talent. We have students from many cultural backgrounds and geographic locations—as demonstrated by the more than 65 different languages spoken in the homes of our families.  SPS offers our students a learning experience rich in cultural diversity and reflective of the global society in which they will work and live.