April is Lions International Leo Club Awareness Month
April is Lions International Leo Club Awareness Month. Spread the word about the Leo Club Program — work with your Leo clubs, advisors, districts, or multiple districts to organize a joint Leo-Lion community service project. Start a tree planning project, repair a playground or organize a recycling program.
The Bear Mountain Leos decided that their project would be Just Say No To Drugs Campaign.
“Just Say No” was an advertising campaign, part of the U.S. “War on Drugs” prevalent during the 1980s and early 1990s, to discourage children from engaging in illegal recreational drug use by offering various ways of saying no. Eventually, this also expanded the realm of “Just Say No” to violence and premarital sex. The slogan was created and championed by First Lady Nancy Reagan during her husband’s presidency.
This campaign has been adopted by the Bear Mountain Leos. They made T-shirts and a banner to let other youth know that they are committed to saying no to drugs and alcohol.
It is never too early to teach your child to say “NO” when he or she feels pressured to do something wrong or dangerous.
• Talk about ways your child can say NO when friends want to do something they should not do. Give your child some examples, such as: “No, my mother would be mad if I did that,” or, “No way! I’m not allowed.”
• Let your child know your values and views. Don’t assume that she/she knows how you feel about issues such as drug use.
• Build your children’s self-esteem by telling them often that you love them and are proud of them. Encourage them to do their best in everything (use phrases such as “I know you can do it.”)
• Never tell your child he or she is stupid. Children who feel confident and proud of themselves find it easier to say NO when they are pressured.
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