RUMFORD – The SAD 43 All Stars after-school program held a celebration tea recently. The program was implemented under the direction of Kim Sequoia, OneME Program manager of the River Valley Healthy Communities.

The facilitators of the All Stars Model Program were Carol Emery and Stephanie Thompson.

Invitations to the celebration went out to family and friends involved with the program and the celebrants prepared place settings for a tea party. Each was given an All Stars T-Shirt. A video of the students’ commitments to their future ideals was developed and played for the families attending the celebration tea.

All Stars is a character-based approach to preventing high-risk behaviors in teens, based on more than 20 years of research.

All Stars addresses five topics important to preventing high-risk behaviors: developing positive ideals that don’t fit with high-risk behavior, creating a belief in conventional norms, building strong personal commitments, bonding with school, pro-social institutions and family and increasing positive parental attentiveness.

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