Tuesday, November 19, 2019

November is SPARK Awareness Month

With an acronym intended to get attention, SPARK (Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids) is making a community-wide appeal in November to join and support its efforts to battle against underage drinking, drugs, and Internet perils.

As part of SPARK Awareness Month, the organization is partnering with community organizations and businesses to increase membership, enlist sponsors and promote its programs. These include City of Southlake, Carroll ISD, Southlake Style, OurGreatCity.com and Mister Softee.

SPARK meetings are typically held the fourth Tuesday of each month; membership is free and open to all Southlake residents and businesses. Recent programs included “The New Face of Underage Drinking” in September with guest speaker Tana Travis from Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, who shared the legal implications for parents who allow underage drinking in their homes.  The October program, “Helping Your Child Through the Maze of Tough Relationships,” dealt with bullying, date violence or aggressiveness, divorce, and making new friends after a family move. Local family specialists and Carroll ISD counselors participated in the discussion.

Other topics addressed by SPARK include:

  • Binge drinking
  • Sexting
  • Teens in Town Square
  • Cell phone monitoring
  • Sexual predators
  • Rachel’s Challenge

For more information and to get involved, go to www.sparknow.org.