During the week of December 8-11, John Tummon from Freedom From Chemical Dependency (FCD) will be working with students, faculty, and parents around issues concerning chemical dependency. FCD is a non-profit organization based in Needham, MA that provides alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education for schools and colleges in the United States and abroad. Since 1977, FCD instructors have taught over a million students of all ages. Their mission is to:
  • Provide students, parents, teachers, and school administrators with up-to-date information on the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use
  • Encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other drugs during adolescence
  • Teach students and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of chemical dependency and to intervene appropriately
The sixth and ninth grades participate in the four-day course to teach them about these issues and how to make healthy decisions in their lives. One goal for our students during this week is to teach them what to do if they are concerned about a friend, loved one, or family member.
 
John will conduct a faculty workshop and a parent coffee. If you have questions concerning the program, please contact Lauren Frankenbach, LCSW.
 
A little bit about John Tummon: “A dynamic public speaker and exceptional communicator, John has spent the past 14 years sharing his own life experiences with students and adults alike. Originally from Ireland, John currently owns and operates his own construction firm. He is an avid ice skater, hockey player, swimmer and runner, and is a regular announcer for a local high school soccer team. He joined FCD as a Prevention Specialist in 2011.”