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Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention: Eastchester School District Wellness Initiative

Monday, February 27 at 7pm in the High School library.

Eastchester School District Wellness Initiative

Did You Know?

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, parents are the most powerful influence on their kids when it comes to alcohol and drugs. Recent research has found that 2 out of 3 kids ages 13-17 say that losing their parents' respect is one of the main reasons they don't drink alcohol, smoke marijuana or use other drugs.

We, the Eastchester Community, can play a vital role in addressing the scourge of substance abuse that is devastating lives and families across the country – and in our town as well. Our goal is to help young people lead healthier lives and prevent substance abuse by promoting wellness and healthy life styles and strengthening the support systems that deter them from drug consumption.

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Wellness and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Initiative: 

PROM WEEKEND SAFETY       April 24   7:00p.m.   EHS Library

The next event of the District’s yearlong wellness and substance abuse prevention initiative is targeted at prom safety. While the Eastchester High School prom has always been a wonderful and safe affair for our students, the events that occur after the prom can make this rite of passage a dangerous and risky one for teens. 

We invite you to join us on April 24, at 7pm in the High School.  We will feature a presentation from (retired) Officer Joseph Engrassia of the Seaside Heights, New Jersey Police Department who will share with us a “behind the scenes” perspective on what happens on prom weekend in Seaside Heights, a popular destination for our students.

Officer Engrassia is a long-time veteran of the Seaside Heights Police Department who has in-depth experience with high school students visiting Seaside Heights for the weekend after their prom.  He will offer some insight about what happens and will offer important tips to help students enjoy a safe weekend after prom.  Parents are encouraged to bring their high school aged child(ren) to this event.

High School Prom Safety

The high school prom is a rite of passage for many teens – but one that can be dangerous.  Most of the trouble begins after the prom, at after-prom parties and at weekend celebrations away from home.

Did you know?

5.       Heavy drinking on prom weekend is the norm for many students. According to Liberty Mutual, 54 percent of teens who admitted to drinking during or after the prom said they consumed four or more alcoholic beverages.

8.       But parental influence does matter.  According to another from MADD, teens whose parents view underage drinking as totally unacceptable are 80 percent less likely to drink compared to their peers whose parents are more lenient about it.

It’s the simple truth that some teenagers will engage in underage drinking while celebrating

this traditional high school event.


To keep kids safe, parents can:


To stay safe, teens should:

1.       Never drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking.

Peer pressure may tempt you to drink on prom night, but we hope you say "no."

Underage drinking and driving causes serious accidents and even death.

That's why we hope you'll avoid the alcohol to enjoy your night – and your future.


Date:  April 24, 2017   7:00p.m.       EHS Library

Monday, February 27 at 7pm in the High School library.

Susan Salomone and Dr. Ray Dorritie from Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, a community-based non-profit organization, will share their experiences dealing with the devastating effects of youthful alcohol and drug abuse. They will also talk about some of the warning signs that may be exhibited by children at an early age, well before they may be tempted to experiment with drugs and alcohol.

Wellness Initiative Event THIS THURSDAY!     Jan. 12:
New Year, New You
The next event of our District-wide Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative is a Family Wellness Night on Thursday, January 12 from 7pm-8pm in the Middle School Cafeteria.

Find out more about healthy eating from Chef Dante Giannini – an Eastchester High School graduate and recent winner of the Food Network Show CHOPPED! 
You will also learn yoga techniques for relaxation and exercise.  Equinox gym is sending a trainer to share fitness tips.  Our own town DARE officers will be there to talk about the program in our schools. Trader Joe's will be there with healthy snacks.  The Eastchester Public Library will be on site with its mobile checkout unit and will have many wellness books available. Don't miss this event!

Please give us an hour of your time as we continue to promote wellness and prevent alcohol and drug abuse in our community.

 Future Events – Save These Dates! 

All evening events begin at 7pm; locations TBD in the High School or Middle School     

·         Feb. 27: A Parent’s Story of Tragedy and Loss: Salomone Family

·         Mar. 20: Hidden in Plain Sight: Jermaine Galloway

·         Apr. 24: Prom Safety:  Seaside, NJ Police Department

·         May 1: Smart Choices During the Summer Months and After High School: Dr. Michael Nerney



Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention