Kratom: A Legal Drug That’s Dangerously Addictive

From the Child Mind Institute:

“Kratom is an herbal supplement that high school and college students are drinking as tea, believing it to be a natural way to boost focus and take the edge off anxiety. It requires no prescription and it’s easy to buy at head shops and online. It doesn’t show up on standard drug tests. The trouble is that as a user consumes more, kratom acts as an opioid, and it’s highly addictive.  This week on childmind.org we explore kratom use among teenagers and young adults, who may start using it as a stimulant, or to ease anxiety, but end up faced with a very difficult withdrawal. “Initially it helps you with your all-nighters, and it helps you with your stress,” says Dr. Michael Milham. “But then you’re stuck.””

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Missouri PTA Reflections Announcement

Missouri PTA is proud to announce that FIVE Missouri students have received National PTA Reflections awards! These students placed First in the Missouri PTA Reflections program to qualify for the National program. Missouri PTA is continually inspired by these students! They are passionate about creativity and the importance of art! The 2018-2019 theme was “Heroes Around Me”, these students embraced this theme with powerful messages, proving that they are our Heroes.

Award of Merit – Dance Choreography
Hayley Reickard
Cordill-Mason Elementary

Award of Merit – Dance Choreography
Sasha Plowman
Bernard Campbell Middle School

Award of Merit – Music Composition
Issac Faust
Bell Prairie Elementary

Award of Excellence – Visual Arts
Ben Sephen
West Middle School

Award of Merit – Film Production
Marcus Charles “Chuck” Williams
English Landing Elementary


Three Schools in Missouri Will Each Be Gifted A $100,000 DON’T QUIT!® Fitness Center from the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils

FEBRUARY 11, 2019

NOMINATE YOUR SCHOOL TODAY!

JEFFERSON CITY — – Continuing his goal of ending childhood obesity, fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), has kicked off 2019 by selecting the State of Missouri for its 2019 DON’T QUIT! Campaign.  The NFGFC will deliver a state-of-the-art DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center to three Missouri schools for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit. School nominations will be accepted starting today and will run through Friday, March 22, 2019.  The nomination process is simple.  All you need to do is fill out a short application and include a written essay or short video.  Download the Missouri state application here.  It’s easy, nominate your school today!

“Childhood obesity is a serious problem that can follow a child into adulthood. I’ve declared war on this preventable disease, and it’s inspiring to see elected leaders like Governor Mike Parson immediately jump on board to join the battle and welcome us into their state. Every governor we’ve partnered with recognizes that obesity is neither a democrat nor republican issue; it’s a kids’ issue and all have vowed to do everything possible to help,” said Jake Steinfeld.  “So far we’ve delivered DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers to 28 states and Washington, DC and the response from students, teachers, and communities has been unbelievable.  Kids are excited about working out and being physically active and, as a result, their academic performance and self-esteem have skyrocketed.  Now, Missouri schools have an opportunity to make a change that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future.”

“I’m thankful that Jake Steinfeld and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils have partnered with Missouri to help improve the health and well-being of children in our state,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Teaching young people the value of setting goals while also building confidence can be invaluable in so many other ways through the course of their lives. This program has been a success all over the country, and we are grateful for this generous opportunity. I encourage every elementary and middle school in the state to apply for this gift.”

The NFGFC program will make its way into all 50 states in the coming years. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Wheels Up and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding.  TuffStuff Fitness International provides all the fitness equipment, which is manufactured right here in the United States.  The foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.

“I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact fitness centers have had on students and their communities. When you provide schools with the tools and inspiration, you’ll be amazed by the changes that take place,” continued Steinfeld.  “Children are our most precious resource and by providing them with a strong foundation in health and fitness, we can feel confident that they’ll excel beyond their wildest dreams.”

Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life, and reduce health care costs.  In schools, studies show that physical activity improves academic achievement, increases confidence and self-esteem, reduces discipline problems, cuts absenteeism, and fosters better interpersonal relationships.

For more information about the NFGFC or to download a nomination form, visit www.natgovfit.org.

About The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) seeks to encourage and reward innovation in the field of youth fitness by awarding fitness centers to schools that use new and unique methods to promote student physical activity and wellness. The NFGFC envisions a fitness center in every school in the U.S., helping to build a nation that—through innovation and a “DON’T QUIT!” attitude—boasts the fittest kids in the world. Since 2012, the NFGFC has delivered fitness centers in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Georgia, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, California, New Mexico, Connecticut, Virginia, Illinois, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Washington, Wisconsin, Arizona, Maryland, Louisiana, Oregon, Colorado, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.  In 2019, we will gift fitness centers to four more states including Rhode Island, Missouri, Michigan, and Minnesota.

 


New PTA Connected Initiative Grants – deadline extended to Sunday, November 18 at 7 pm cst

National PTA has over $400,000 in grants available for the new PTA Connected initiative!

The funding enables local PTAs to lead discussions and host events about online safety, cyberbullying, social media, and more. Basically, all the tough topics that come up about parenting in the digital age. National PTA is committed to awarding local PTA grant recipients in every single state – as well as in DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and our European Congress. Each grant awarded will be $1,000 – so there is a lot of grants to award!  And keep in mind, you don’t need to be a digital safety expert to put on this event because NPTA will provide a toolkit and the resources you need to put on a successful event.  We’d love for you to apply for one of the available grants. The deadline has been extended to Sunday, November 18, at 8 PM Eastern time (7pm central), so it’s coming up quick.  Apply now! The application typically takes about an hour to complete, with just a handful of key questions.

pta.org/grants

If you have questions or want to chat with a PTA representative before you complete the application, please call 800-307-4782 or email programs@pta.org.  We are happy to answer any questions you have!

Thanks for all YOU do to support your local PTA and your families.  We look forward to receiving a grant application from you. National PTA looks forward to continuing to serve you and your local PTA with more opportunities like this in the future.

Have an amazing day!

PS – Please share this message with a fellow PTA leader if a better fit to apply on behalf of your PTA.

Susan Rupert
President
Missouri PTA
susanr@mopta.org
816-806-7131