West Middle School will host a night for parents to provide information and resources about a variety of topics such as drugs and alcohol, including a lesson about e-cigarettes; mental health; social media; school and community influences; and grief and family challenges.
The session, called Keeping Kids Safe, is a joint effort of East and West middle schools. It will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at West Middle. In addition to information and handouts, free refreshments will be provided, and there will be drawings for $10 gift cards, according to a Carroll County Public Schools news release.
Parents who attend will learn about middle-schoolers' brain development and the various things that might be influencing them, said Amy Gromada, principal of West Middle.
"We are very aware that middle school is a difficult time for students to be in," Gromada said.
The keynote speaker will be Dana Falls, director of student services for CCPS. Workshop sessions will include presentations about various issues facing students in the 21st century.
Gromada said parents will have the opportunity to connect with various community resources, including: Westminster Police Department, Carroll County Health Department, Carroll County Youth Service Bureau, Westminster Area Recreation Council, Carroll County Community Mediation Center, American Cancer Society, Carroll County State's Attorney's Office and Villa Maria of Carroll County.