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Vaping Presentation for Parents on January 16

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On Thursday, January 16 at 6 pm, Morissa Vital, program manager from the Southeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership will speak to parents about vaping and nicotine addiction. The presentation will be mainly focused around the high school vaping epidemic. Morissa Vital will specifically address ways to prevent secondhand smoke, ways to help individuals quit nicotine and tobacco, along with helpful ways to prevent youth members from starting nicotine and tobacco products.

Parents deserve to be informed about the harmful impacts a high school social norm can induce. 20% of Massachusetts high school students report currently using e-cigarettes and vape pens, and 41% have tried them at least once (see attached flyer). As a generation, students and even parents are being exposed to toxic and harmful chemicals. Parents are encouraged to attend the presentation in order to raise awareness for themselves and their children.

A table representing Rockland Cares will also be available to visit on the night of the presentation. Rockland Cares is a community organization that provides information and support for individuals and families who suffer with addiction.

Both the presentation delivered by Morissa Vital and the Rockland Cares table are extraordinary steps the town of Rockland is taking in order to raise awareness about the dangers of nicotine and addiction. As a community, Rockland thanks everyone for their undivided support and commitment in hopes to make a difference.

If you have any questions please contact Freea Leahy, Director of Adjustment Counseling, at fleahy@rocklandschools.org or call 781-871-8406.

We hope to see everyone there on January 16th!

Holiday Stroll returns to Rockland Today!

Nov. 30, 2019

As Rockland tradition, the Holiday Stroll will return the Saturday after Thanksgiving in order to get ready for the Christmas holidays. This community-held event that began over 25 years ago holds activities and demonstrations that satisfy everyone’s interests.

Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend to enjoy activities such as Joe’s Crazy Critters, a meet and greet with Santa and Ms. Claus, character meet and greets, hayrides, and much more!

Businesses and churches along the route also participate in the event by providing accommodations such as clam chowder, cookies, and face paintings.

RHS students will also take part with the Chorus caroling and seniors decorating Santa hats at Mountain One Bank.

The stroll this year will occur on November 30th from 4pm to 7pm. All are encouraged to attend!

 

RHS Students Show Their Thankfulness

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

11/25/2019

Thanksgiving is a joyful holiday used to celebrate friends, families, and of course the food that it set out onto the table during the celebration. In communities such as Rockland, some families struggle to find ways to give thanks during the holiday. Even something as simple as setting the dinner table can be a daunting task for some. During this Thanksgiving season, in order to give thanks back to your local community, here are some ways that you could make a difference and give thanks this holiday season.

  • Donate nonperishable goods to a food pantry

Classes are donating canned goods and other nonperishable items in their annual Turkey Trot event. Veritas photo

Rockland High School is currently running a Turkey Trot to raise food for families during this Thanksgiving season. Until November 21, students were encouraged to bring in canned goods and nonperishable items to donate to the local food pantry. The class with the most items will receive points towards the class cup!

  • Go through clothing and textile items at home and donate anything that is no longer needed to a local clothing bin or Salvation Army
  • Participate in volunteer work at places such as the senior center
  • Support the troops by creating care packages and letters
  • Simply give thanks to an individual in your life; someone at school or a member of your family

Preschool children explained what they are thankful for.

When asking around the high school, students and faculty frequently respond that they are thankful for their friends, family, roof over their heads, cars, school, and the access to food.  Below is a video made by WRPS and The Veritas asking students for their feelings about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Project Pumpkin 2019

On Sunday October 27, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm, Rockland High School students and staff members held the annual Project Pumpkin Halloween celebration.

This year, Project Pumpkin had over 400 visitors that came to enjoy activities such as indoor trick or treating, face painting, and games in the gym area. Students at Rockland High School, mainly members of Student Government, showed their support to the event by volunteering and dedicating their time. Students dressed up in costumes to hand out candy to the trick or treaters, and helped organize the gym to allow for safe and enjoyable times for the guests. Some students even dedicated their time to help in the haunted hallway, which gave visitors a spooky experience.

Visitors were also able to receive a discount for one dollar for every can brought in. This fundraiser allowed for Rockland High School to raise canned goods for the food drive this month.

Here is a video and some pictures from this year’s Project Pumpkin!

Project Pumpkin 2019

The annual Project Pumpkin is taking place again for the 2019 Halloween Season. This Sunday, October 27, 2019, Rockland High School is running a fun filled indoor trick or treating opportunity for children. Along with indoor trick or treating, children will have the opportunity to play games and do face painting in the school gym. The haunted hallway is another highlight of this fun filled event.

The time of the event is 5 to 7 pm. For every canned good brought, one dollar will be removed from the admission price. The prices are $5 for a child, and $2 for each additional child. For the whole family, the price is only $10. Parents are free!

Rockland encourages everyone to attend this fun event! Here are some pictures from last  year.

Unified Spirit at Rockland High School

The week leading to Rockland’s first Unified Pep Rally and Homecoming dance consisted of a fun filled spirit week with great participation school wide. The following spirit days were:

Monday: Rockland Pride Day

Tuesday: USA Day

Wednesday: Boston Sports Day

Thursday: Throwback Thursday

Friday: Unified Pep Rally Day

On Friday, Rockland High School hosted the first unified Pep Rally, which was a school wide gathering held in the stadium to symbolize inclusiveness within the Rockland community. The Pathways program and the Bulldog Buddies had the opportunity to enjoy fun hands-on activities such as tug of war, a push-up competition, a school wide roller coaster conducted by Owen Shea, and a running through the banner. All students of Rockland High School were highly encouraged to wear white to show unity amongst the community. Here are some photos from the event.

 

 

 

 

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