Monday, April 20, 2015

Example PROMise: 2015

Nearly forty students signed the Example PROMise
on the first day of Prom week.
A great way to encourage students not to drink or use drugs during Prom week is the Example PROMise.  Students going to prom sign the Example PROMise and they are placed in North's main hallway.
It's important students know they are not the only ones staying away from drugs and alcohol. A lot of students don't drink or use drugs. Example wants to make the quiet majority a vocal majority and this is one way to accomplish that goal. It also offers encouragement to students because they see that they are not the only ones holding these values.

Students signing the Example PROMise, promise to...

  • Not drink or use other drugs during this Prom weekend
  • Encourage friends to make the same God-pleasing decisions
  • Realize the life-saving decisions to not drink or use drugs goes beyond Prom weekend
  • Cherish all the blessings they have through Christ and respond to the unconditional and eternal love of their Savior by being an "Example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."
Students can stop by Mr. Brandt's room all week to sign an Example PROMise and receive a free Example wristband.

Prom Week: Day 1

Each year during Prom week Example offers a lot of encouragement, examples and reasons why drinking and drugs do not need to be a part of Prom.
This morning, Lauren spoke to the entire student body and explained how she was going to have a great time at Prom without drugs or alcohol.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Former Boston Celtic and recovering addict shares his experiences and offers hope

"The reason those who stay home might feel like they’re missing out, he said, is because the ones who are making poor choices are more open to publicizing their behavior. The kids who are watching a movie with their parents on Friday night aren’t taking as many selfies documenting the experience, according to Herren.
'"Everybody else doesn’t do it,” he said of drug and alcohol use, “It’s just the kids that do blast it out and make people feel like they’re missing out."'

Read the rest of the article about Chris Herren's visit to Dana Hall School and the advice he offered. 

Prom is around the corner.  Help Example help others realize they can have a lot of fun at prom without alcohol and drugs.
Help make this year's prom, one that students can remember. Literally.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What do you know about Spice?

Parents, what do you know about spice?  
Students, what do you think you know about spice?
Here is a portion of Connor Eckhardt's tragic story. Share it with you children.  Students, share it with your friends. 
Connor Eckhardt seemed to have a fortunate, all-American life. He was a happy-go-lucky kid with good parents and a nice family in Roseville.
Last month, that family gathered in a hospital to say goodbye to him.
Eckhardt, 19, had apparently taken one hit from a spice cigarette, collapsed and gone into a coma. He later died.
Spice is a type of synthetic marijuana that's illegal but still available for purchase at a smoke shop or a non-chain convenience store, if you know to ask for it. Eckhardt had been in rehab for other drugs like heroin, but he reportedly had been sober for eight months at the time of his death.

"You're never sure what you get with spice," said Connor Eckhardt's father, Devin Eckhardt. "Even somebody experienced with it and (who) used it could be subjected to the same types (of) outcomes the next time they try it."

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Colorado, Legalizing Marijuana, and Macomb, Michigan

Seven negative side effects that pot legalization has caused in Colorado and why it matters in Macomb, Michigan

1) the majority of DUI drug arrests involve marijuana;
2) youth consumption of marijuana has increased;
3) drug-related suspensions/expulsions increased 32 percent over a 5-year period and a majority was for marijuana;
4) an increase in college users;
5) almost 50 percent of Denver arrestees tested positive for marijuana;
6) marijuana-related emergency room visits increased 57 percent from 2011-2013; and

7) marijuana-related hospitalizations has increased 82 percent since 2008.

So why does this matter in Macomb, Michigan?  Read the rest of this article and be sure to follow the various   links  to studies that reveal the dangers of marijuana.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Thank you to everyone who came out to SHOCKtober.  We had a great time and continued to encourage each other to remain in God's Word where we find strength in the righteousness that is our in Christ, our Redeemer.

The three blind mice and the farmer's
wife bested all in the
Group Costume category.

Kristen defended her championship
with another victory in the
Most Creative Category

The Scarecrow, Dorothy, Toto and the
tempestuous Torndado blew threw all
competition in the Fictional Costume category 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SHOCKtober Category Contests

Example's SHOCKtober event is Saturday, October 25 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Participating in the evening's contest is a great way to enjoy the event.

Costume Contest Categories:

Your favorite LHN teacher
Most Creative Costume
Historical or Fictional Character
Best Group Costume - Grab some of your chums and dress thematically: the Pistons' starting five, The Incredibles or think way out of the box and you can all dress as _____________________.  Hey, we can't give you all the ideas.  Use your own creativity.

Carved Pumpkin Contest:

We won't carve the pumpkins during the event because the gooey mess is well, gooey and messy.  The LHN custodial crew might be scraping pumpkin seeds off walls for a long time if we carved them at school.  So creatively carve your pumpkins at home and bring them to the Example event where our expert judges, who all possess a PhD (Pumpkin Hacking Degree) will evaluate entries in the following categories:
Most Creative
Most Literary
Most Michigan Sports Related: Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, Wolverines, Chippewas, Cardinals, Eagles, Chargers, oh and the Spartans.

The cost is $3.00 and it is open to Lutheran North students only.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Trendy Fall Example Fashions

The new Example shirt is just what you need to spruce up your fall wardrobe. It offers the perfect blend of cotton, encouragement and confidence.  This shirt is made for Spirit-wear Fridays: 100% preshrunk cotton, double needle stitching in Visible-From-Miles-Away yellow.  

Not only will you feel perfectly comfortable for those Friday quizzes, but you will also help deliver Example's vital message that there are plenty of high school students who don't drink and use drugs.  

Great comfort. Great message. Great price.

The shirt costs $12.00.  To order what is sure to be an Example fashion trend, see Mr. Brandt this week as the order will be placed on Friday, September 26.

We know the verse reads a bit differently on this picture.
Fret not, the verse on the t-shirt will include all the words from I Timothy 4:12.
Example will be on the front and the text, in the shape of a cross, will be on the back.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Example's First Event of the Year

We are looking forward to another great year and it all starts
 this Saturday, September 20 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

What exactly happens at Example events?
Encouragement. Fun. Pizza. Shenanigans. 

Surround yourself with people who realize 
alcohol and drugs do not have to be a part of anyone's high school experience.

Enter through the cafeteria doors.
The cost is $3.00. Lutheran North students only.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Marijuana use linked to teen psychosis, decrease in IQ, permanent brain damage

The article is worth reading if there is a "teen" after your age.
The article is worth reading if there is a "teen" after the age of your son and/or daughter.

Aug. 13, 2014 7:02 p.m. ET

The great irony, or misfortune, of the national debate over marijuana is that while almost all the science and research is going in one direction—pointing out the dangers of marijuana use—public opinion seems to be going in favor of broad legalization.
For example, last week a new study in the journal Current Addiction Reports found that regular pot use (defined as once a week) among teenagers and young adults led to cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ. On Aug. 9, the American Psychological Association reported that at its annual convention the ramifications of marijuana legalization was much discussed, with Krista Lisdahl, director of the imaging and neuropsychology lab at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, saying: “It needs to be emphasized that regular cannabis use, which we consider once a week, is not safe and may result in addiction and neurocognitive damage, especially in youth.” (Emphasis mine)
Since few marijuana users limit themselves to use once a week, the actual harm is much worse for developing brains. The APA noted that young people who become addicted to marijuana lose an average of six IQ points by adulthood. A long line of studies have found similar results—in 2012, a decades-long study of more than 1,000 New Zealanders who frequently smoked pot in adolescence pegged the IQ loss at eight points.
Yet in recent weeks and months, much media coverage of the marijuana issue has either tacitly or explicitly supported legalization. A CCN/ORC International survey in January found that a record 55% of Americans support marijuana legalization.
The disconnect between science and public opinion is so great that in a March WSJ/NBC News poll, Americans ranked sugar as more harmful than marijuana. The misinformation campaign appears to be succeeding.
Here’s the truth. The marijuana of today is simply not the same drug it was in the 1960s, ’70s, or ’80s, much less the 1930s. It is often at least five times stronger, with the levels of the psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, averaging about 15% in the marijuana at dispensaries found in the states that have legalized pot for “medicinal” or, in the case of Colorado, recreational use. Often the THC level is 20% or higher.
With increased THC levels come increased health risks. Since Colorado legalized recreational use earlier this year, two deaths in the state have already been linked to marijuana. In both cases it was consumed in edible form, which can result in the user taking in even more THC than when smoking pot. “One man jumped to his death after consuming a large amount of marijuana contained in a cookie,” the Associated Press reported in April, “and in the other case, a man allegedly shot and killed his wife after eating marijuana candy.” Reports are coming out of Colorado in what amounts to a parade of horribles from more intoxicated driving to more emergency hospital admissions due to marijuana exposure and overdose.
Over the past 10 years, study after study has shown the damaging effect of marijuana on the teenage brain. Northwestern School of Medicine researchers reported in the Schizophrenia Bulletin in December that teens who smoked marijuana daily for about three years showed abnormal brain-structure changes. Marijuana use has clearly been linked to teen psychosis as well as decreases in IQ and permanent brain damage. (Emphasis mine)
The response of those who support legalization: Teenagers can be kept away from marijuana. Yet given the dismal record regarding age-restricted use of tobacco and alcohol, success with barring teens from using legalized marijuana would be a first.
The reason such a large number of teens use alcohol and tobacco is precisely because those are legal products. The reason more are now using marijuana is because of its changing legal status—from something that was dangerous and forbidden to a product that is now considered “medicinal,” and in the states of Colorado and Washington recreational. Until recently, the illegality of marijuana, and the stigma of lawbreaking, had kept its use below that of tobacco and alcohol.
Legality is the mother of availability, and availability, as former Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph A. Califano Jr. put it in his 2008 book on substance abuse, “High Society,” is the mother of use. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, currently 2.7 million Americans age 12 and older meet the clinical criteria for marijuana dependence, or addiction.
Mark A.R. Kleiman, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, has estimated that legalization can be expected to increase marijuana consumption by four to six times. Today’s 2.7 million marijuana dependents (addicts) would thus expand to as many as 16.2 million with nationwide legalization. That should alarm any parent, teacher or policy maker.
There are two conversations about marijuana taking place in this country: One, we fear, is based on an obsolete perception of marijuana as a relatively harmless, low-THC product. The other takes seriously the science of the new marijuana and its effect on teens, whose adulthood will be marred by the irreversible damage to their brains when young.
Supporters of marijuana legalization insist that times are changing and policy should too. But they are the ones stuck in the past—and charting a dangerous future for too many Americans.
Mr. Bennett is a former secretary of education (1985-88) and was the first director of the National Drug Control Policy (1989-90). Mr. White is an attorney in Princeton, N.J.