Tiverton High School Has It Covered

Volunteering reduces youth drug use.

THS Has It Covered!

Volunteering Reduces Youth Drug Use

A recent national publication ran an article headlined “Volunteering & Helping Others Reduces Risk of Substance Use in Rural Adolescents.”

“There is a tendency for youths to take part in risky behaviors if they are not engaged in positive, structured activities,” according to Gustavo Carlo of the University of Missouri lead researcher on the study.

The Community Service Program supports prevention and healthy lifestyles by engaging students in positive experiences. Tiverton schools show their commitment to civic education by supporting community service as a requirement for graduation.                

On a related note:

The Tiverton Prevention Coalition would like to welcome and congratulate Tiverton School’s new Community Service-Learning Coordinator, Sheila Kauffmann. Sheila was hired to replace Rebecca Elwell who held the position for nine years and left to coordinate the Drug Free Community Program for Tiverton.      

Sheila brings enthusiasm, deep connections to the community, and a commitment to providing a positive experience for each student. Welcome and best wishes to Sheila!

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Joe Sousa. December 02, 2011 at 11:37 AM
Good parenting makes all the difference. Whether it's Boy Scouts or Karate, activities keep kids focused on positive living. A little religion help's as well. Thinking the Schools can do it all is a mistake many parents make.
Sherry Raposa December 02, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Although I commend THS for their efforts in keeping the kids involved, they can only do so much. My kids have taken full advantage of many of their great programs and I am very grateful. It would be WONDERFUL if there was a YMCA in town. Not only would it give the kids somewhere to go and be productive it would also give the adults something to do. Let's face it, Tiverton is falling asleep!
Edward Davis December 05, 2011 at 12:57 PM
In hard economic times it is difficult for communities to find money to keep programs going. However, not having a surplus of activities for teenagers has been an issue in Tiverton. Having been at THS for 12 years I can vouch that the administration and staff try to do as much as they can to keep students connected. Likewise, the many volunteers that keep our wonderful recreation also do as much as they can to help. But there offerings are still few compared to what other school systems and communities have to offer. If this town want to keep young families it must continue to find ways to keep its youth connected. People might have legitimate reasons for their opposition, but every time folks come out and oppose efforts to improve the availability of activities for youth, they magnify the perception that Tiverton is “anti-youth.” In the long run this hurts the town. Recent controversy over rebuilding the yacht club, cutting the school budget and building a library all have contributed to this negative impression. I have worked in 6 public school settings and I have never seen a situation like the one at Tiverton where many of the students perceive that their home town hates kids. Like it or not, agree with it or not, that is how many of the young people in town feel. Such feelings can only add to our youth’s willingness to find a place to live in another community once they are done with their education.
Harry "The Hook" Aleman December 13, 2011 at 02:36 PM
I went to the THS and I can tell you the only dope in that place is Mr. Murray
Allison December 31, 2011 at 03:40 PM
@ Harry-You quite obviously really don't know Mr. Murray for the person he is


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