Model student program staged

CADIZ Larry Newman — a nationally acclaimed educator with more than 40 years of teaching, program administration and therapeutic experience — recently spoke at the Presbyterian Church of Cadiz about the Masonic Model of Student Assistance Program.

Newman also consults regularly for school districts, along with local and state education, health and welfare departments.

He was joined by Joe Brancoccio as the two spoke with local educators and law enforcement about learning to identify children who are “at risk” at many different levels.

The Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio provided the training costs, materials, meals and lodging, if necessary, for the three-day workshop.

It was an ideal opportunity for educators and school districts to enhance their awareness to assist at-risk kids and put together an intervention program for those children who have been identified.

The first day of training focused on what has become a hot-topic for educators the country over, bullying.

Other topics covered included: Family dynamics, life skills for K-12, enabling and codependency, alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, team work and group dynamics.

Newman asked those in attendance to consider some of these statistics about one day in the life of American’s children.

– 110 teenagers attempt suicide.

– 20 teenager kill themselves.

– 202 children are arrested for drug offenses.

– 340 children are arrested for drinking of drunken driving

– 1,225 teenagers drop out of school

– 1,234 children run away from home

– 5,700 teenagers are victims of violent crime

– 7,945 children are abused or neglected

The MMSAP is a response to negative behaviors that interfere with the success of children and their school communities according to its website.

It helps to create a safe learning environment by reducing violence, abuse, self-harming behavior and addiction.

It’s stated that schools that have successfully utilized MMSAP have: Increased attendance, academics and graduation rates while decreasing behavior problems.

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