Family DayMonday, September 24, 2018Lake County Schools supports the Family Day initiative held on Monday, September 24, 2018. Family Day is an awareness campaign launched by CASA (Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse) in 2001 it was founded by Center on Addiction as a national initiative to provide valuable tools for parents in order to protect their children and teens from risky behaviors including smoking, drinking, and using other drugs. This campaign is also sponsored by an organization called Informed Families, who also sponsors the upcoming Red Ribbon Week in October. The campaign encourages families to sit down regularly for family meals to connect and communicate as a way to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and other risky behaviors for young people.Initiative from Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)
Family Day - Making Everyday SpecialWhether driving the kids to soccer practice, enjoying family dinner, or tucking little ones into bed, it's important to remember that those everyday activities have a lasting effect on your children. Each of these moments offers an opportunity to connect, share and really listen to what's on their mind.As children age, it is vital to keep those lines of communication open, especially as they start feeling increased pressure to start engaging in risky behavior including smoking, drinking or using other drugs. Adolescence is the crditcal period for the initiation of risky drug use and its consequences. Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18. Preventing or delaying teens from using nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs for as long as possible is crucial to their health and safety.Founded in 2001 by Center on Addiction, Family Day works with organizations across the country to educate parents about how everyday activities, like sharing a meal, playing a game, or asking about their day, can make a difference in the life of a child. Each year Family Day is celebrated on the fourth Monday of September. To learn more about Family Day log on to www.CASAFamilyDay.org.Initiative from Informed Families - The Florida Family PartnershipStand Up for Sitting Down to DinnerThe Informed Families web site provides family activities for parents to incorporate into their family dinners for Family Day on Monday, September 24, 2018, or any day of the week where families sit down together for dinner. Click HERE to visit Informed Families' web site. The website provides parents information and activities that can be done as a family. Some of the activities include:
- Activity Guide
- Menu Planner
- Family Fun Fill-in-the-Blank Stories
Family Day Photo ContestWould you like to win a $100 Publix Gift Card?To enter for a chance to win one of the three $100 Publix gift cards, submit a photo of your family eating dinner together and share the photo on social media to Informed Families' Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. To learn more about the Photo Contest including rules and submission deadlines, please click HERE to visit Informed Families' web page for the photo contest.NOTE: The links provided on this page will take you to an outside website and is not overseen by Lake County Schools.