Lawn School, along with 30 other Rhode Island middle/junior high schools and 25 high schools, has a Student Assistance program. The Jamestown Student Assistance program is funded by the Jamestown Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, School Department Title IV Federal Funds, and as part of the Rhode Island Foundation Teen Center grant.
The goals of the Student Assistance Program are to prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and to improve school performance. To accomplish these goals, the program provides school-wide awareness and individual and group services designed to teach skills to identify and resist social and situational pressures to use substances.
Stephanie Nocon is the Student Assistance Counselor at the Lawn School. She is available at Lawn School Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Mrs. Nocon has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, previous experiences working with adolescents, and specialized training in prevention and early intervention strategies with adolescents.
In addition to conducting prevention and education services, Mrs. Nocon is available to see students who are using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, or have personal, school, or family problems that could lead to alcohol, drug abuse, or other unhealthy behaviors. Mrs. Nocon works with students in a group called “Teen Institute/Youth Advisory” which works closely with the Teen Center to provide activities to students. Mrs. Nocon also works with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), which promotes healthy decision-making and raises awareness about the consequences of unhealthy behavior. Mrs. Nocon has also created an after school scrap-booking group and is co-coach of the school soccer team.
The Student Assistance Program has helped many students make responsible choices; it has educated students about the dangers of drug use, and has helped others get outside help. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Nocon with any additional questions, concerns, feedback, and/or ideas for this year.
Awareness Campaigns During the School Year:
OCTOBER, Red Ribbon Week: Established to honor "Kiki" Camarena, a U.S. Drug Enforcement agent who was kidnapped and murdered in 1985. At Lawn School this is a Spirit Week with a drug-free theme each day. It’s concludes with “Sock It To Drugs Day” when students and faculty wear crazy socks and there is a faculty vs. students soccer game. Also, daily there is a question of the day with great drug-free themed prizes (tee shirts, balls, Frisbees, stickers, pencils, etc.)
NOVEMBER: The Great American Smoke Out: Established in 1977 by the American Cancer Society. A variety of tobacco education and prevention activites are planned. In schools, the major focus of the day is activities to ask students who smoke to give up cigarettes for the day, and for students who do not smoke, to pledge not to start. This occurs the Thursday before thanksgiving.
DECEMBER, National Drunk/ Drugged Driving Awareness Month: A national effort in which communities across the country conduct public awareness and enforcement campaigns to prevent impaired driving. This year SADD will be handing out MADD car ribbons at the Tree Lighting Ceremony/Teen Center Open House on December 1st. Information and statistics about the dangers of driving while under the influence will also be handed out.
DECEMBER: When the Holidays aren't so Happy Activities: Help students understand that sometimes the holidays are not all happy times. It can be very difficult for children that have parents’ that may be divorced and/or have family members that may have issues with alcohol or drugs. S.A.D.D. promotes a “Dodge The Holiday Blues” Dodgeball tournament for this awareness campaign.
FEBRUARY, Children of Alcoholics (COA) Awareness Week: This occurs the week of Valentines Day. Created to raise awareness of issues related to children of alcoholics. Prevention activities allow children to learn factual information about the impact of chemical dependency on children and their families in a way that is non-threatening and non-stigmatizing.
APRIL, Kick Butts Day: An anti-tobacco campaign developed by the Campaign for Tobacco-free kids. The goal is to prevent and reduce adolescent tobacco use through the provision of "fun" and informative activities. This year there is a Kickball tournament being planned to promote this event. In past years we have held poster contests, etc.
April, Alcohol Awareness Month: Recognized in Rhode Island as a month to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of adolescent alcohol use and to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the negative consequences of alcohol use. Last year, we created an alcohol reality wall outside the cafeteria. Students wrote blurbs on how alcohol has impacted their life and/or community.
MAY: Mental Health Awareness Month
*Information regarding each monthly event is always announced in school. It’s also in flyers and/or adds at the school, at the Recreation & Teen Center, in the Warrior, and in the Jamestown Press. Any questions please email Mrs. Nocon and/or call 423-7010 ext. 212.