Oakwood BOLD

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Promoting healthy choices and positive alternatives to reduce underage drinking
and other drug use

 

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Coping with COVID-19

Coronavirus image from CDC

While individuals will react differently to stressful situations, children in general, tend to experience more intense emotions. Some level of fear and anxiety in this type of crisis is an expected and appropriate reaction.  Looking for help supporting your children during the COVID-19 crisis, visit KNOW and read how to reassure and support your children during this global crisis.

The current crisis presents a number of situations for which parents may not have prepared.  The counseling staff will continue to provide resources to help:

 

First Ever District-Wide Be BOLD Day

Girls smiling and holding fingerprint cards
Group with BOLD stickers
Setting up monopoly
Michael Wadham reading to students
Lange kids jumping while holding hands
Small group working on  choices
Students discussing making good choices
Girl making friendship bracelet
Michael Wadham and 4th graders
Lange students raising their hands in blue and gold and BOLD stickers
3 kids setting up game
making slime at BeBOLD day
kids working on BOLD cards
students doing nails and face masks
Amber Perrott reading to kids on BeBOLD day
Dr. Waller and Mrs. Bline
Kids drawing cards at BOLD
Silent Disco group posing
Kids working together to create cards about BOLD
kids playing guitars
Students on yoga mats stretching
Students decorating cookies
Group playing game in Mr. Deters' room
Signing the OJH pledge banner

Our Great BOLD Members

Staff posing in their BOLD shirts
OSD Chief Alan Hill signs the BOLD banner
OSD Captain Kevin Pruszynski  signs the OHS BOLD banner

Oakwood Safety Department's Chief Alan Hill and Captain Kevin Pruszynski show their support for BOLD by signing the group's banner.  Thank you for your support. 

From the Counselor's Corner

Drinking games, such as beer pong, can lead to excessive drinking.

According to the CDC, excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year. 

In a recent national survey, 4% of 8th graders admitted to "binge drinking" in the past two weeks.  Help keep our kids safe. 

For information on "binge drinking," visit the CDC website. 

Teen Vaping Crisis

 

According to the American Lung Association, one in four high school students say they have used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.  

Now, the Centers for Disease Control is confirming more than 450 reported cases in 33 states and one U.S. territory of severe lung problems that appear to be associated with vaping.  The government agency is now issuing this warning:

"E-cigarette products should never be used by youths, young adults, pregnant women or by adults who do not currently use tobacco products. Adult smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence -based smoking cessation treatments, including counseling and FDAapproved medications; those who need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, should contact their medical provider. Persons who are concerned about harmful effects from e-cigarette products may call their local poison control center at: 1-800-222-1222. CDC will continue to advise and alert the public as more information becomes available."

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
September 6, 2019

overhead shot of a girl vaping
Do you know a student who wants to stop smoking or vaping?  Montgomery County health officials are recommending My Life, My Quit, a free youth tobacco and vaping cessation program, and Smokefree Teen, a tobacco/vape app for teens who want to quit.  
My Life My Quit logo and phone number
Families are encouraged to discuss this recent health crisis and vaping/e-cigarette usage with their children.  BOLD will continue to share information and resources with students, staff, parents and community members.  To gain more information and resources, you can visit the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids website. 

Looking for Help?

 

CareSolace is a care navigation and coordination system that makes it simple and easy for students to get the right help with drug and mental health issues in seconds.  

You can visit their website at www.caresolace.com/ausdfamilies

 

BOLD Activities

Each year, group members participate in a number of activities to spread the principle message of BOLD.  These students work with their peers, staff members, parents and other community members to "promote healthy choices and positive alternatives to reduce underage drinking and other drug us."  In addition to providing valuable information to groups, students also encourage parents and community members to pledge their support for the group by signing a banner.

a parent signs the BOLDbanner at the annual footbal game

Peer Activities:

  • Students promote message at annual NEON/BOLD themed home football game
  • Students interact at recess with elementary students several times during the school year, serving as positive role models
  • Students help design a “National Drug Facts Week” event each year, including an activity in the Take 5 and Homeroom classes as well as a pledge banner for students to sign
  • Students serve as role models and answer questions during a 5th grade DARE class
  • Students speak at the DARE graduations
  • Students partner with Oakwood members of the National Honor Society to sponsor a Parent’s Night Out event
  • Students conduct activities in both a 7th and 8th grade Take 5 class

BOLD members and/or staff representatives have attended a number of parent and community events:

  • Fall Sports meeting
  • Junior High Open House
  • Senior High Open House
  • Junior & Senior High parent meeting
  • Annual home football game 
  • Parent Teacher Conference Night
  • Band boosters meeting
  • Athletic Boosters meeting
  • Fine Arts Boosters meeting
  • PTO meeting
  • Winter sports meeting
  • MOM's group meeting
  • Board of Education meeting
  • Oakwood City Council
  • Oakwood Board of Health meeting

Start Talking

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According to Start Talking, "conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with — and protect — their kids."

But how do you start talking about tough topics like drug use?  Start Talking can help.  Visit their website for great conversation starters for every age and parent tips to help with today's challenges.  

Backs of heads of mother, daughter and father talking

What Works?

Dec. 2017 Bold members visit Smith at recess

According to the Ohio Youth-led Prevention Network, the best prevention programs should:

  • Provide education on the dangers of underage alcohol and other drug use
  • Be Youth-Led as much as possible
  • Avoid Scare Tactics
  • Be sustainable
  • Have positive community support

BOLD is Everywhere!

Mrs. Roeckner working at her desk with the BOLD banner in office

Being BOLD in OJH office!

Mr. Badenhop with the BOLD sticker on his office

Mr. Badenhop shows he's BOLD!

BOLD banner hanging at Mack Hummon Stadium

Being BOLD at Mack Hummon Stadium

BOLD banner hanging at Lane Stadium

BOLD pride at Lane Stadium

BOLD banner hanging in The Pit

BOLD Among Banners in The Pit

Girls standing by BOLD cling in OHS

Showing Off BOLD Pride

Smith kids standing by banner

Smith Elementary is BOLD!

BOLD banner hanging by trophy case

Oakwood is BOLD!

BOLD parent banner hanging at OHS

Community Support for BOLD!

Lange students standing by BOLD banner

Thumbs Up for BOLD from Lange!

BOLD Activities 2018-2019

BOLD Activities 2017-2018