May 222014

All Parents and Guardians Are Welcome!

On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Quincy Public Schools in collaboration with Impact Quincy, South Shore Hospital, and the Caron Foundation will be hosting a program called Hidden in Plain Sight. This event will take place at Central Middle School on 857 Hancock Street from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hidden in Plain Sight is an interactive education program for parents/guardians featuring an exhibit where adults are encouraged to explore and interact with a display designed to resemble a teenager’s bedroom. Throughout the exhibit are items that may indicate that a teenager may be involved in some high-risk behavior such as substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity, and other risky behavior.

Following exploration of the mock bedroom exhibit, there will be an informative presentation by guest speakers Kimberly Noble and Traci Wojciechowski. Kimberly Noble is the Youth Health Connection Coordinator at South Shore Hospital. She received her B.A. in Nursing from Boston University and MBA in Health Care Administration from Western New England College. The Youth Health Connection Program collaborates with community schools to educate children and families on how to reduce risk and build resiliency. For more information about this program, please click on the following link.

Traci Wojciechowski is the Regional Director at the Caron Foundation Student Assistance Program. Traci earned her B.S. degree in Psychology from Bridgewater State University. She is responsible for ensuring that quality education, prevention and intervention services are provided to school systems and youth agencies throughout the Northeast. Her areas of expertise include adolescent tobacco use trends, drug and alcohol trends, tobacco cessation, psycho-educational support groups, curriculum development, implementation fidelity, leadership trainings, prevention programs and adult educational programs. For more information about this program, please click on the following link.

This presentation will be followed by a personal story by Nancy Holler, who is also a parent in the Quincy community. Lastly, we will hear from Quincy Public Schools staff members, Jane Kisielius, RN MS NCSN and Kristin Houlihan, RN, who authored an informational booklet that will be given to all parents/guardians.

There is no charge to attend this program. Refreshments will be served and various door prizes will be awarded. NO YOUTH WILL BE ADMITTED TO THIS EVENT.