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Mrs. Kessler, Project REWIND to address parents and students in coming weeks about binge drinking

Following widespread power outages and two nor'easters, preparedness is certainly the word of the day. For School Social Worker Nancy Kessler and the Pelham-based Project Community, Inc., preparedness is also the most effective resource for teens when dealing with instances of binge drinking. Because life isn't always kind; you can't hit rewind on certain decisions.

Obviously, avoiding such situations is the ideal; however, when confronted with the reality of a crisis situation, the School Counseling Department wants to equip students with the statistics and understanding to make smart, and sometimes lifesaving, decisions.

Working in conjunction with Project Community, a nurse-inspired, Pelham–based group, Mrs. Kessler will be presenting a video about Project REWIND to the Upper School Mothers' Auxiliary at its 6:30 p.m. meeting on Thursday, March 15. Project REWIND will then be presented to the sophomores currently taking health, along with sophomores enrolled in the Superior Talent Enrichment Program, on Thursday and Friday, March 22 - 23. Mrs. Kessler conducts a follow-up class a few weeks after about three local alcohol poisoning fatalities and how some of the educational preparation Project REWIND provides could have saved lives.

"Kids want to do the right thing," Mrs. Kessler remarks in the four-minute video, currently being shown at the Pelham Playhouse as a public service announcement. "We're giving them information they've never had before and never looked at alcohol in this way."

Project REWIND teaches students the impact of alcohol on the brain, how to recognize the signs of alcohol poisoning, and what to do (and not do) to prevent a binge-drinking tragedy. The program, which Mrs. Kessler has brought to Iona Preparatory School for more than 15 years, corrects many commonly-held myths about drinking and emphasizes bystander intervention. 

"Project REWIND is doing such as service giving this message to teenagers and parents, " Mrs. Kessler said, "because it could make the difference between life or death for kids."

Source: Project Community, Inc.