CLARK, NJ – Parents and guardians looking for some guidance about how to steer their kids clear of drugs and alcohol are in luck.

Carl H. Kumpf Middle School will be hosting the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s 15 Minute Child Break program on Thursday, March 5, 2020 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

According to Angelo Valente, the Executive Director of the PDFNJ, the evening will highlight:

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  • The importance of the parent or caregiver’s role on substance abuse prevention
  • How to talk to children about drugs
  • Signs of use and abuse to look for
  • Current terminology and trends of use.

Valente said the presentation is based on research specific to New Jersey.  “This presentation is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come out and find out the role they play and the power they have in preventing their children from abusing drugs and alcohol,” he said.

School Principal Rick Delmonaco is looking forward to the program and the value it can bring to caregivers.   ““We are glad to bring the 15 Minute Child Break back to Kumpf Middle School,” he said. “The program delivers a powerful message for parents about what to look for and how to assist their children in regards to substance abuse as they enter their teen years. It is one of the most useful and informative hour a parent can spend in helping to guide their child.”

The Clark Township Municipal Alliance will provide food (wraps and sandwiches) and refreshments beginning at 6:15 p.m.  The Alliance will be ready to greet parents and answer questions about how to become involved with organization.

Organizers said the evening’s program is intended for adults only, but the Kumpf PTA will provide free childcare services if needed.

For additional information about the services and programs the PDFNJ offers, visit

Questions regarding the event can be addressed to Rick Delmonaco at or Steve Kaelblein (Clark Schools Student Assistance Counselor) at


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