During the week of April 4, 2011, the Newton, MA community joined forces to raise awareness about teens and the challenges they face and the resources available to them. Hundreds of local organizations and families gathered at the new Newton North High School for the city wide exposition on Saturday. Teens were able to receive a mini massage, a free yoga class, enter raffles, get a henna tattoo, play games, and access information to learn about how to live a good life. The event was sponsored by the Newton North PTSO, and organized by volunteers extraordinaire, Sally Brickell and Lynne LeBlanc, PTSO Co-Presidents. By the way, Sally is a professional organizer with Squared Away. She is a shining star! Kudos you Sally and Lynne for a job well done.

Sally Brickell, PTSO Co-President and Professional Organizer

Sally Brickell, PTSO Co-President and Professional Organizer

Feedback on the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices week has been consistently positive. Comments include the following:

“WOW!!! What a week! The turnout for the Expo was phenomenal! The adult evenings with the “Breaking Free From Depression” video and panel discussions and the “Promise to Adam” presentation were moving and educational for all in attendance. Thanks to everyone involved for making this week one that students were really shown the resources out there. It should be evident to many that we are a community who cares for our kids.”

“I hope that this is just the beginning and we can keep up the momentum.”

“Just Think: What Parents Can and Are Doing for Kids!”

To read more about the week’s events, go to www.newtonpatch.com or www.wickedlocal.com/newton.