SUMMIT, NJ -Teaming up to offer programs to families that focus on student needs in our communities, the Superintendents and Student Assistance Counselors (SAC) of Summit, Chatham, Millburn, Berkeley Heights, and New Providence will each host an awareness forum as part of the Parent Wellness Series: What You Need To Know at their respective high schools.
 
The series will address topics such as substance abuse, mindfulness, and social and emotional development, and launches October 20, beginning at 7 p.m., with a program entitled The Spectrum of Substance Abuse. 
 
Held in conjunction with the New Jersey Elks Drug Awareness Committee, and focusing on how drug and alcohol use and abuse affect our communities, attendees will hear from a panel of experts and learn about New Jersey legislation put in place to protect citizens; current drug trends; the impact of abuse on families in the legal system; access to support and rehabilitation; and the devastation caused by drug/alcohol related deaths.
 
 
The Spectrum of Substance Abuse n conjunction with the New Jersey Elks Drug Awareness Committee.
 
“The Superintendents in this consortium feel strongly about the importance of education and discussion on key topics facing our students today,” said June Chang, Superintendent of Schools in Summit. “We are excited to kick off this program at Summit High School, with a robust presentation and a diverse group of panelists.” 

Presenters will include Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Clarissa D'Ambra, Defense Attorney John Robertson, Certified Health Education Specialist Michael Litterer, and Director of Ippolito Funeral Homes Angela Ippolito. 

Topics, presenters, and dates for upcoming forums will be forthcoming. For more information visit summit.k12.nj.us.