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Fall is finally here. The leaves are turning yellow and red; families and teachers are settling in with back-to-school schedules. It's the perfect time to make reducing, reusing and recycling part of new routines at home and school.
Community Events, September 2016
I remember waking up on the morning of Sept. 11, 2011 being late for work. I didn't turn on the TV because I didn't have time. I let our dog out, got ready for work, and bolted out the door. At the time, I was the sports editor at the Whidbey News-Times in Oak Harbor, Wash. Tuesdays were deadline day at the paper and being late meant putting everything into a time crunch.
Wouldn't we all love to hear a child exclaim positively, "I get to go back to school. I can't wait!" Yet those words are rare. Why? And what can we do about it?
Aaron* seemed like an ordinary Eastside high-school student. He came from a wealthy family and appeared to be getting everything right: he had a large group of friends, maintained good grades and participated in extracurricular activities. But behind the scenes, he was suffering from depression, and had turned to drugs like heroin as an escape. Fortunately, Aaron turned to the Youth Eastside Services (YES) counselor who worked on-site at his school for support. Sadly, some teens conceal their problem — sometimes with tragic consequences.
Summer is the season of outdoor get-togethers — barbecues in the back yard, picnics in the park and family reunions.