Earthquake Drill Set for October

The Great Central U.S. Shakeout earthquake drill will take place at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Last year more than 400,000 students, teachers and staff throughout Missouri took part in the drill that helps schools incorporate earthquake awareness and safety tips into classroom instruction.   In addition to Missouri, 13 other nearby states will participate, with more than 2.3 million people already signed up.

Visit www.shakeout.org for more information


Use the Power of Parents® to fight underage drinking!

 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Missouri is pleased to announce a new community-based underage drinking prevention program available in our state.  Based on scientifically proven results from research conducted by Dr. Robert Turrisi and his colleagues from Pennsylvania State University, MADD has created a parent handbook to provide guidance to parents of teenagers and middle schoolers for communicating with their kids about alcohol. Why parents? Research shows that 74% of kids say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking alcohol. And alcohol kills more teenagers than all other illegal drugs combined.

The handbook will be given to parents at 30-minute workshops located throughout the community by certified MADD staff and volunteer facilitators.  There will be no charge to parents.

If you are interested in learning more about holding program presentations in your community, please contact Missouri Program Specialist Emily Schell at emily.schell@madd.org or 314-426-1595, ext. 2964.

MADD Missouri website: http://www.madd.org/local-offices/mo/

Power of Parents website: http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/the-power-of-parents/


Back-to-School and Vaccinations: Be a Step Ahead

School is about to start soon.  You have all the supplies needed: pencils, paper, backpack, etc.  But are you missing something else?   Maybe it is a good time to check that your kids are up to date on their Immunization shots, too.  When your kids are younger, they  have a series of shots required to protect them from measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis, but preteens should also have shots for a variety of illnesses, as well.

Check out these immunization resources to learn more about which shots are required for your child and get tips on how to reduce your child’s anxiety about getting shots:

https://www.usa.gov/vaccinations#item-36027
https://kids.usa.gov/health-and-safety/health/shots/index.shtml
https://kids.usa.gov/parents/health-and-safety/general-health/shots-parents/index.shtml


Smart Snacks in Schools

Smart Snacks in SchoolAs part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) included guidelines for “competitive foods” known as Smart Snacks for all foods and beverages sold to students throughout the school day. The new Smart Snacks guidelines apply to “competitive foods” that are not a part of the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program. Smart Snacks rules set limits on calories, fats, sugar and sodium and encourage the consumption of dairy, whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables.

More Resources

National PTA has officially launched a Smart Snacks webpage where you can find many resources regarding Smart Snacks. You can access these resources at PTA.org/SmartSnacks.

A number of tools and resources are available to help schools identify food items that meet Smart Snacks criteria. See the resources for info about the Smart Snacks requirement, helpful tools and ways to encourage children to make healthier snack choices that give them the nutrition they need to grow and learn on the USDA website.

View a recording of the Smart Snacks Overview webinar and click download the Powerpoint presentation. If your state or local PTA would like a web or in-person training, please email schoolfoods@pta.org. For additional resources and more info on Smart Snacks, please visit PTA.org/SmartSnacks.