On April 11, the Community Action for Safe Teens (CAST), sponsored the TIGER program Alex’s Story for eighth grade students at Amherst Middle School. Alex’s Story is a program designed to help upper middle and high school students make informed, positive choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol.
Professional actress Teghan Kelly and Alex Berry presented the program which is based on the true story of a NH teen in recovery from heroin addiction, one of our nation’s worst drug problems affecting thousands of youth and adults throughout the country.
After Teghan ‘told’ Alex’s story, the ‘real’ Alex joined her on stage for a Q+A session. Students, who were clearly impacted by this powerful performance, were encouraged to seek out guidance counselors or other adults if substance abuse issues are impacting them or others in their lives.
CAST, together with CADY (Communities for Alcohol and Drug-free Youth) and funding from Bellavance Beverages were responsible for this event.
TIGER (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) is a collaboration between the integrated arts and counselor education graduate programs at Plymouth State University.
PHOTO (Left to Right):
Pamela Irish, TIGER Tour Manager; Polly Morris, CADY Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator; Porter Dodge, Amherst Middle School Principal; Alex Berry, Teghan Kelly, TIGER; Monica Gallant, CAST Coordinator