November 25-30th

Hey Readers!

The Holiday season is all around us as we move from November to December. It’s crazy to think that Christmas is only 3 weeks away and that it’ll be here in no time. Although Thanksgiving continues to be my favorite holiday, I’m just as excited about Christmas around the corner and the opportunity to see some of my extended family.

Green Dot is excited to tell you that we have an upcoming Action Event that will take place during the Altha boy’s basketball game vs Liberty County High School on December 18th. We hope you’ll show your support by coming to the game and having a great time! It will be a good time to reaffirm your commitment to keeping our community safe, while also having fun.

Sometimes doing the right thing can be hard. We want all of our students to feel empowered whenever they see something that makes them uncomfortable and for them to truly believe they can make a difference. No matter what kind of situation you’re in there are Green Dot solutions for you. We call these the 3D’s and these tips are really the core of our program. The first of these 3D’s is Direct; to direct just means that you are prepared to get directly involved in the situation. Maybe it’s an argument between friends that’s gotten a little out of hand, or maybe one of your friend’s dates pushed boundaries to hard.. Direct means taking charge of a situation and checking in, or standing up for what’s right. The second of the 3D’s is to Delegate; while delegating is pretty easy, sometimes it can take a little preparation and the right state of mind. To delegate just means to tell someone else who will Direct. It might be a teacher you trust, or an outspoken friend, or your parents, or if it’s serious maybe the police/sheriff. If you’re someone who delegates you might need to be prepared ahead of an emergency so you know who to call. The last of the 3D’s, but definitely not least is Distract. Distracting just means getting right in the thick of things without acknowledging that you even have realized something was off about the situation. This means putting yourself in the middle of an ongoing argument or fight and drawing attention to yourself and away from the conflict. This might involve changing the subject, or busting out your best one liner jokes, or being the abundantly funny individual that your classmates love. To be someone who distracts can take the most creative thinking, but it can really pay off.

No matter who you are there’s a Green Dot for you. Even if it’s something small like checking in on your friends. Remember that big or small you can make a difference, even if it’s only one Green Dot at a time. Who knows, you might end up a hero!

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