The NNHS PTSO-sponsored Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo took place on January 23 in two parts. During lunch blocks, interested Newton North students had conversations with representatives from non-profits about numerous topics including sun safety, dating safety, pedestrian and bike safety, mental health support, and marijuana myths and facts. They also had a chance to learn about local agencies with teen programs, including John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club, Newton Free Library, and West Suburban YMCA. In the evening, students in middle school and high school and parents/guardians gathered at Newton North to visit with non-profit representatives and enjoy refreshments, presentations, demonstrations, live entertainment, and prizes.
Thank you to all of the non-profits (see the exhbitor list here) who attended the expo, and thank you to the many other people who helped in various ways! Please pardon any omissions.
- Sally Brickell and Rex Clark, PTSO co-presidents
Planning: Monika Jain and Lien Quach.
Refreshment procurement: Elizabeth Reilly.
Refreshments: El Pelon, D&A House of Pizza, Honda Village, Market Basket, Patrick Paydos and Sodexo, Russo's, Shaws, Trader Joes, Wegmans, Whole Foods.
Prize drawing: Julie Redmond, Elizabeth Reilly, and Vani Sayeed.
Publicity support: Toni Duval, Stephanie Foner, Lori Lass, Laura Marks, Julie McDonough, Marie Schwartz and Teen Life, Una Simmons.
Purchasing; April Stein.
Preparation and day-of set up, staffing, and clean up: Karen Axelrod, Chris Banks, Anne Banks, Jill Bennett, Joel Bloom, Lisa Carbone, Jeff Dagostino, Teri Deodato, Janet Feinberg, Liz Haas-Joffe, Dana Hanson, Elizabeth Hoffman, Monika Jain, Amy Masters Ribner, Patty McCabe, Alessandra Menozzi, Jane Obbagy, Lien Quach, Julie Redmond, Dee Sag, Lori Seuch, Junko Shibuya, Una Simmons, and Faith Witte.
Newton North support: Henry Turner, Amy Winston, Alison Malkin, Tom Donnellan and Graphic Communications, Maria Camilli and main office staff, Tim Keefe and custodial staff, Chris Murphy, Beth Swederskas, Julianna Lakomski, Scott Dunlop, Adam Brown and Theatre Ink, Michele Leong.
Newton South support: Brian DeLeskey, Dan Rubin, Sarah Style, Newton South PTSO.
Entertainment and programming: Newtones, Long Do and Andrew Mah, Nate Brosey and Action Athletics, Newton South and Newton North South Asian Student Associations, Ligerbots, Crescendo, Devin Perlo and Danae Lally, Kevin O'Connell (West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts), Constantine Foehl, Families for Depression Awareness, Barbara Perlo, Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, Northern Lights, Forte.