RFH Alcohol Awareness

April 22nd, 2013


RFH Juniors Regan LoSalvio and Chris Jewett participate in peer leadership activities at Forrestdale School in Rumson as part of Alcohol Awareness Month.

Alcohol Awareness

Peer Leaders and RFH Juniors Mary Conklin and Eleni Sourlis answer questions from Forrestdale eighth graders as part of Alcohol Awareness Month activities.



Rumson — April marks Alcohol Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign intended to
increase knowledge of the health and social issues caused by excessive consumption
of alcohol. Students and faculty at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School have
taken a proactive approach to Alcohol Awareness Month, participating in a number of
activities designed to encourage safe and healthy choices.

On April 10, the RFH student organization Peer Leadership Club worked with RFH
faculty to present a school-wide assembly entitled “Steered Straight: Under the
Influence.” Developed by the organization Steered Straight Inc., “Under the Influence”
uses current real-life situations to demonstrate the dangers associated with the misuse
and abuse of alcohol as well as five categories of illicit drugs and over-the-counter

The RFH Peer Leadership Club also visited Heather deLaszlo’s eighth grade Health
Class at Forrestdale School in Rumson on April 12. There, with help from their
Club Advisor Suzanne Fico, the RFH students facilitated hands-on activities from
the evidence-based program “Life Skills: Alcohol Myths and Facts.” The activities,
including “Reasons, Reasons, Reasons,” “The Staircase of Decisions with Drinking,”
and “The Gray of Alcoholism,” were designed to increase the awareness of the
dangers of alcohol as well as alleviate anxiety related to the eighth graders’ upcoming
transition to high school.

During all Health and Physical Education classes on April 18, the Peer Leaders
presented their fellow students in grades 9 through 12 with information from two highly
effective programs — “Brain Scans: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain” and “Too Much:
The Extreme Dangers of Binge Drinking.”

Said Dr. Fico, “Utilizing young people as agents for positive change improves academic
outcome as well as the health and well-being of the community.”

The RFH Peer Leadership Club is a group of students committed to inspiring positive
change within the school and throughout the surrounding communities. Steered
Straight Inc. is a non-profit organization providing motivational programs for today’s
youth. Based in New Jersey, Steered Straight Inc. offers programs throughout the state
in addition to Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware, and New York City.

Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations

mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885.

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