Prevention specialists from Freedom from Chemical Dependency met with Ransom Everglades parents on March 4 and shared insight into their approach with RE students during their campus visits in 2018-19; provided information on vaping, marijuana, alcohol and other substances; and urged them to communicate clear boundaries to their children.
The "Parents in Prevention" presentation showed how drugs, alcohol and vaping interfere with the development of the teen brain. Specialists Sarah Burrill, Rodney Pool and Adrienne Battle encouraged parents to stick together, communicate with their children, and arm themselves with fact-based research to help their children say no to illicit substances.
"This is where alcohol, tobacco and other drugs can really get in the way and totally derail them cognitively," Pool said. "They need someone to be their pre-frontal cortex. That's our job."
The FCD prevention specialists were in the midst of the second of two weeks at Ransom Everglades in 2018-19. The team spent a week at the Middle School and Upper School in fall 2018, engaging with eighth through 12th graders, and returned on March 4 to finish the work. They have met with eighth graders during their physical education classes, and Upper School students during designated class periods.
Their emphasis: Prevention is a climate, not a program.
Head of the Middle School Rachel Rodriguez and Head of the Upper School Ken Mills introduced the trio.
"We have lots of conversation that needs to happen in our community with our kids," Rodriguez said.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.