Friday, March 16, 2012

From our friends at Cornell School District

Why stay home on Friday evening when you can attend the

Coraopolis Moose
Friday, April 20th at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)

$15.00 per person
Includes dinner (catered by Gino’s), beer, pop, snacks and plenty of racing fun!

Races are $2.00 per bet (10 races). The evening will also include a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

For even more fun, buy a horse and name it for $15.00! As the owner, you and your horse will be listed in the program. If your horse wins, you will win a $30.00 Owner’s fee! (Winner need not be present.)

Come enjoy an evening out with family and friends!!!

For information and/or tickets please call or see: Beverly Benson, Central Office
(412) 264-5010 extension 100 or
Can’t make it? Buy a horse!

All proceeds will go to the Cornell School District Track Renovation Project
And Blue and Gold Club

In Memory of our Honorary Chairperson, Foge Fazio

Thursday, March 15, 2012

For those of you who attended last week's mini-summit on anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, and for those of you who weren't able to but want information, here are links to some of the resources our panel of experts talked about. For even more in-depth information, contact Douglas Florey at Laughlin Children's Center,

General Support Resources for families - SAMHSA sponsored statewide family network - lists county by county resources for parents that may have a child with behavioral, medical, emotional and intellectual challenges. Excellent resource for support groups, trainings, research studies and the like. The local contact is Dianna Brocious - 800-947-4941. - National Association for Mental Illness - support groups, and resource materials pamphlets for individuals, families and friends, across the lifespan, who may be impacted by mental health issues. Many college campuses are working to establish NAMI chapters on site. The local southwestern PA chapter is

Depression and Youth Suicide Specific Resources - - 1-800-273-TALK - in addition to crisis support you can order prevention materials such as magnets, help cards, posters and such. The national # will route individuals to their local county crisis #. - Online support for GLBTQ youth and those who promote acceptance. - Suicide prevention focusing on school administrators and providing free webinars on current trends and topics related to youth suicide prevention. - The following webinar addresses social networking and suicide prevention. - PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative - clearinghouse of state and national information regarding research, trainings and resources.

Mental Health Educational Materials (free) - - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Handouts and curriculums on a variety of mental health subjects. Parenting guide -- - National Institute of Mental Health. - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – view Facts for Families on specific youth mental health issues.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sewickley Public Library hosts screenings of "Race to Nowhere"

The Sewickley Public Library is pleased to announce two showings of Race to Nowhere, an award-winning documentary that addresses the realities of today’s obsession with achievement, and how that obsession is directly impacting our children.

The library, located on Thorn Street at Broad, will show the documentary on Thursday, March 22nd, at 11:30 am and 7:00 pm. The approximately one-hour-long film will be followed by brief discussion.

According to the documentary’s director, Vicki Abeles, the film features

the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids. Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

This event is free and open to the public. Sewickley Public Library thanks Quaker Valley Middle School and Youth Connect for their support in purchasing the license to the documentary.

For more information on Sewickley Public Library, including directions, log on to To learn more about Youth Connect and the upcoming screenings, search for us on Facebook, visit, or email

Click the image above for a downloadable flyer you can print off or email to friends!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Timely Tidbits

Don't forget the mini-summit, "Signs, Signals, & Support: Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents," which takes place this Friday, 9 March, from 10:30 am Slated to appear on the panel are: Dr. Debrin Goubert, psychiatrist and owner of Sewickley Mental Health Associates; Paula S. McCommons, EdD, director of the STAR Center at UPMC; Patrick McElfresh, PhD, a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh; and Sheree Kaiser, MSW, LSW, from Staunton Clinic. Following the panel’s presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session.

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (, anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.

Anxiety disorders also often co-occur with other disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). With treatment and support, children can learn how to successfully manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression and live a normal childhood.

This event is free and open to the public, and was coordinated by representatives from Laughlin Children’s Center, Quaker Valley School District, and Youth Connect.


Click here for an interesting article from the Post-Gazette on the pressures high school students face.

Have you seen the film "Race to Nowhere" yet? If not, stay tuned for details on the next local showing later this month!