Asset Newsletters

Creative Activities

posted Mar 15, 2018, 8:57 AM by Donna LaRue

Of the four constructive-time-use assets, this is the one fewest young people have.  Only 19% have this asset.  I hope you will take the time to read the attached article and brainstorm future activities with your family!  Click here to view this week's article about Creative Activities.

Constructive Use of Time

posted Mar 5, 2018, 8:52 AM by Donna LaRue

This week's article about the Asset Category "Constructive Use of Time" gives great suggestions regarding the tight rope parents walk.  Balancing time at home, time in activities and time at school really takes some work.  Creative Activities, Youth Programs, Religious Communities and Time at Home are four assets within this category we will explore further in the coming weeks.  Click here to read this week's article.  

Positive Peer Influence

posted Feb 22, 2018, 12:33 PM by Donna LaRue

When I visit the health classroom and discuss prevention strategies with students they often ask me what I mean when I say 'hanging out with friends without anything to do can be risky'.  It's a great discussion about the value of common interests among our peers.  As we discover activities that inspire us and fill us with joy, we find peers who also appreciate these activities.  Hanging out and spending time with people we share common interests with, gives us pleasure, fills our conversations with meaningful and often goal setting content.  Adolescence is a time in a child's development when they form life long strategies that will help them navigate stress throughout their lives.  Getting together with friends, and riding bikes to the tennis courts and playing tennis is much different than hanging out in a parking lot or someone's basement watching YouTube videos.  Click here for this week's article titled "Positive Peer Influence".

High Expectations

posted Feb 16, 2018, 7:14 AM by Donna LaRue   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 7:14 AM ]

We are at that point in the school year when the eighth grade students and their parents/guardians have made decisions about high school courses for next year.  So much goes in to the importance of balancing a challenging curriculum with keeping the strengths and weaknesses of each student in mind.  One nice barometer we suggest is the level of success, interest and / or boredom of their current classes.  If teenagers are getting A's in their current classes, they may benefit from a challenge of an honors course.  It needs to be a careful decision, and teachers do a great job in weighing both of these issues when making recommendations.  Click here for this week's article titled "High Expectations".

Adult Role Models

posted Feb 2, 2018, 7:33 AM by Donna LaRue   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 7:34 AM ]

  • In both the 7th and 8th grade health curriculum, Lurgio students explore the facts of substance misuse. The students often have many questions about risk factors related to alcohol and other substance misuse.  Here is a publication from Partnership for Drug Free Kids titled "Understanding Why Kids Use Drugs and Alcohol". Adult Role Models may have a HUGE impact on deterring risky behaviors.   Here is a link to this week's Asset Newsletter, focussing on Adult Role Models. 

Developmental Assets: A Profile of Your Youth

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:17 AM by Donna LaRue   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 8:00 AM ]

Over the past twenty years, the Bedford School District has surveyed middle school students every four years.  The Search Institute's "Attitudes and  Behaviors" survey has provided the Bedford Community with a snapshot, highlighting the strengths of your youth.  Historically, we have used the data to point community resources in the right direction.  In addition to the school district, organizations like the Bedford Men's Club, the PTG, Stand By Me, the Coalition for Bedford Youth (CBY) and most recently BeBOLD have been able to provide prevention and intervention resources to the youth exactly where they need it.   The last "Attitudes and Behaviors" survey we facilitated was in 2014.  Click here to access the full survey results.  Here at Lurgio, we will continue to discuss the 40 Developmental Assets with students and parents.  You can continue to find weekly asset newsletters on my website each week.

Youth as Resources

posted Jan 19, 2018, 7:22 AM by Donna LaRue

I was inspired by a group of community members last night.  We met to discuss ways to further reduce and prevent the consequences of risky behaviors among our youth.  Reaching out, and partnering with parents is on the top of everyone's 'to do' list.  With the beginning of 2018, I will revisit the Developmental Assets  previously explored here, on my web page. Each week, I will post a newsletter with practical ideas and suggestions to grow assets in our youth.  This week we will look at "Youth as Resources".  When a child feels that their ideas and their work is valued we find they exhibit an increase in both investment and motivation to further participate in their family, school and community.  Consider validating them with a prominent display of their art work.  Or perhaps a "masterfully" painted birdhouse takes center stage on the biggest tree in the front yard.  When we consistently value their input and opinions, regarding the movies we see on Friday nights, they will see themselves as a valued resource.  In high school, as children grow their independence, encourage your sons and daughters to participate in structured volunteer activities where they can meet other adults with shared goals.   Click here to view the entire "Youth as Resources" article.

Red Ribbon Week Contest

posted Sep 29, 2017, 4:46 AM by Donna LaRue

 Lurgio's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club will be leading our 11th Annual Red Ribbon Campaign (October 23-31).  The week long events include designing prevention posters, creating personalized red ribbons for each student, selling silicone bracelets with positive messages including "Lead by Example" and raising our annual Red Ribbon banner in the cafeteria.
This year's theme for Red Ribbon Week is:  
"Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free"
Check out this YouTube video about the 2017 Red Ribbon Community Contest 

Here’s how to enter:

    Students and families decorate their home’s front door, mailbox or fence with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Your Future Is Key So Stay Drug Free”    

Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to October 1 (12:00 am ET) to November 2 (11:59pm ET). You must be 18 years or older to upload the photo and can do so from any desktop or mobile device.

Ask family and friends to vote for your entry beginning November 3 (12:00am ET) to November 17 (11:59pm ET). The winners will be announced December 2nd.

10 Families in the Home Decoration category with the most votes in each region will win an iPad for the family and $1,000 to be used towards drug prevention at a K-12 school of their choosing.

Please click here for a link to read more about the Red Ribbon Week Family Contest.

This is a direct link to The National Family Partnership website, with details describing the contest and awards   

Celebrate Diversity

posted Jun 5, 2017, 8:25 AM by Donna LaRue

This week we take a break from the External Assets and focus on one of the 20 Internal Assets, specifically, "Cultural Competence".  Cultural competence is an asset within the category of Social Competencies.  We ask how many of our youth have knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.   Part of our 8th grade curriculum at the end of the year is reading To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee.  The Students Against Destructive Decisions Club has begun a campaign here at Lurgio Middle School titled "Celebrate Diversity".  Five of the members posed for this picture and we love it so much we've made it into posters and posted them around the school.  

 Please click here to read this week's Asset Newsletter titled "Cultural Competence".

Neighborhood Boundaries

posted May 30, 2017, 7:12 AM by Donna LaRue

In this week's article there are many great ideas about building a supportive and neighborhood for your kids.   The following are examples of a few ideas you'll find in the full article.  
  • Hold a front-yard, neighborhood barbecue.
  •  Organize all the dog owners to take a walk together(with the dogs) once a week.
  • Suggest a parent get-together. Ask older youth to supervise and play with the younger children.
  • Contact your local police department and ask for help in having a block meeting to discuss safety.

Here is a link to this week's article titled "Neighborhood Boundaries".

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