REACT, which stands for Reality Even Affects Clinton Teens, is substance-free group for Pierson, Eliot and Morgan students that focuses on fun, leadership skills, and peer support for positive decision making. Read on for more information about each group.
Morgan REACT is a club for any Clinton 9-12 grader, whether they attend Morgan or another high school.
Morgan REACT meets twice per month in the evening and focuses on leadership skill development, identifying personal strengths, peer support, and substance abuse prevention.
Morgan REACT’s major project is Haunted Hallways which raises funds for Clinton Social Services. Haunted Hallways is always held the Sunday evening before Halloween.
Morgan REACT also participates in Christmas in Clinton, Family Day, and many other Clinton town events. All members are offered community service opportunities throughout the school year. Some members attend state and national conferences and trainings, and have also testified at the state capitol.
Eliot REACT includes Eliot 6-8 grade students in fun, engaging meetings once per month. Every other month, parents are included in the monthly meetings. Students and parents are educated on the 40 Developmental Assets, which are the building blocks of positive decision making, through group games, individual challenges and other fun activities.
Eliot REACT members offer the Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt game at Christmas in Clinton and attract a lot of attention at the Medication Take Back Days at the police department. They also complete peer education programs in school on topics such as marijuana, underage drinking, and overall health.
Morgan REACT members assist with all Eliot meetings, serving as positive role models for the younger students.
Pierson REACT involves 4th and 5th grade students and their parents in monthly meetings from October—June. Similar to Eliot REACT, the focus of the meetings is learning about the 40 Developmental Assets as well as positive family communication. Behavioral research has shown that the #1 deterrents of underage substance use are positive family communication and clearly stated parental expectations.
Pierson REACT members enjoy group games, team building, role playing and challenges to learn about the assets. Pierson students are also involved with community service projects, including Christmas in Clinton. Giving young people opportunities to be leaders in the community strengthens self esteem and assists youth in making healthy decisions.
Morgan REACT members mentor the Pierson students and provide positive peer role models throughout the school year.
Parents are given information on drug use trends in Clinton, tips for communicating with their young people, and can connect with one another for their own peer support network.
Starting REACT at the Pierson level gives your young person a club to “belong” to throughout their Clinton school experience! REACT can be that bridge between schools that helps them transition with a group of friends and older peers.
For information on any of these clubs please call 860-664-1142.
From June 28 – July 1, 2015 four Clinton teens and three adults attended the national Students Against Destructive Decisions conference in Nashville, TN. The trip was funded by the Drug Free Communities grant that PiC received from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. government. Morgan students Maggie LaCross, Mike Baker, Alex Robison and Isabella Pitarra, and PiC adult members Andrea Kaye, Robyn Sneider and Liz Robison attended a variety of workshops seeking new ideas to bring back to Morgan’s REACT club. Their interactions with like-minded students and advisors from across the United States fueled their energy to implement new initiatives in youth leadership and healthy decisions through REACT.
The most popular concepts that will be brought back to Clinton are prevention of suicide or self-harm, prevention of tobacco use and safe teen driving. The teens and adults felt strongly that each of these topics were relevant in town and are planning some creative projects and initiatives for the upcoming school year. With Suicide Prevention month in September, look for these ideas to be started right at the beginning of the school year!
During a break from workshops at the conference, the seven Clintonites also enjoyed a night of line dancing and music at the famous Wildhorse Saloon.
Clinton families enjoyed another successful and fun OlymPiC event on Friday night, January 23. Led by EMPOWER from Middletown, Clinton parents and children navigated through challenges and games, producing healthy fits of laughter and joy. Participants balanced tennis balls and balloons, jumped through the jump rope, tried their luck at guessing who was behind a curtain, created the ever-popular marble pipeline, along with several other fun initiatives. The event was DJ’d by Quiana Peralta, whose tunes added additional energy and fun to the activities. Hope you can make the next event, to be held in August 2015.
Prescription drug abuse can occur in many ways. When a person takes medication that has not been prescribed to them, it is prescription drug abuse. When a person takes medication in a way other than directed, such as a larger dose, or crushing the pills to snort the contents it is prescription drug abuse. When a person takes medication with the intent to get “high” or feel good it is prescription drug abuse. Taking medication from a friend or relative for pain relief, or to help a person study or concentrate is abuse, even if there is no intent to get high.