Monday, February 26, 2018

Example Winter Olympics 2018

Over sixty athletes competed in the Example Winter Olympics. Because of their willingness to make a difference, they are all gold medal winners.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Watch this trailer for the PBS special, Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Let the Games Begin!

After four years of training, dreaming, and stretching, Example Olympics returns on Saturday, February 24, from 7-9 p.m.

Countries will be competing against each other in some of the most grueling Example Winter Olympic competitions known to man. Here are just a few of the death-defying events

Human Luge: scooters and an obstacle course that will make American Ninja Warrior look like a preschool playground.
Biathlon: guns and skis
Curling: scooters and eye-hand coordination and humanity
Bobsled: Plastic sleds and bobs and the football field and snow and stadium lights and brute strength
Hockey Shootout: hockey sticks and tennis balls and goalie masks. Why masks? Safety first, people. Safety first!

See you on Saturday, February 24.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blue Cross to limit opioid scripts to 30-day supply

Jay Greene's latest article in Crain's Detroit Business discusses the recent move by Blue Cross to limit opioid prescriptions to a 30-day supply.   Here are few excerpts from the article that explain the decision:

  • In Michigan, 1,365 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016, compared to 884 in 2015 and 426 in 2012, meaning Michigan's overdose rate has tripled since 2012, said the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Doctors, pharmaceutical companies and health insurers have been criticized over the past two years for their roles in enabling the opioid addiction crisis.
  • Physicians have taken steps to limit prescriptions after surgeries and ensure patients have true pain and are not doctor shopping. Many providers and first-responders have also been trained to use naloxone opioid overdose kits.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Gifts Were Plentiful at Example's Christmas Party

Example's Christmas event featured a great speaker, great games, great gifts, great pizza and great students giving and receiving encouragement to each other.

Mr. Steve Fox, Macomb County assistant prosecuting attorney, spoke to the students and explained the legal and criminal ramifications of using and possessing drugs and alcohol. He also applauded the students for being a part of Example and their willingness to make a difference.  Below are some excerpts from his presentation.

Lindsey and Jordan won the Most Creative and the Ugliest Christmas sweater awards. The raucous white elephant gift exchange included a potpourri of gifts: a 2001 country Christmas cd, Twilight and popcorn to boost the viewing experience, Justin Bieber wrapping paper, and an actual white elephant!

Thank you to everyone who attended.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

SHOCKtober 2017

In Macbeth, Shakespeare offers a recipe for a gruesome concoction as the three witches add some interesting ingredients to the cauldron:

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake, 
In the cauldron boil and bake; 
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, 
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, 
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing, 
For a charm of powerful trouble...

At Saturday's SHOCKtober event, there were no newt eyes, dog tongue, or bat wool.
There was, however, a dash of laughter, a heaping of creativity, a pinch of competition and more than generous amounts of a desire to make a difference.
Once again, high school students demonstrated that alcohol and drugs aren't needed to have fun.

"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 
                                                        - I Timothy 4:12

Monday, October 2, 2017

Homecoming Advice for Parents

Example is reposting this article from 2012. 

Homecoming isn't too far away and it's a great opportunity to be an Example to your son and/or daughter.  Here are some tips for parents taken from another web site. 

q  Know where your teenager will be.  Obtain the phone number and address of the party giver.  Agree that your teenager will call if he goes to another location.
q  Personally contact the parents of the party-giver.  When you call: verify the occasion, offer support or assistance, make sure an adult will be present, and be certain that alcohol and other drugs will not be permitted.
q  Know how your teenager will get to and from the party.  Let your teen know that you, or a specified friend or neighbor, can be called if a ride home is needed for any reason.  Discuss with your teenager the situations which might make such a call necessary.  Reinforce that under no circumstances should your teenager allow someone who has been taking drugs or drinking alcohol to drive them anywhere.
q  Determine with your teenager a reasonable curfew.  Be awake or have your teen awaken you upon arrival home.  Being up and available when your teen comes home encourages communication and could alert you to a potential problem.
q  If your teenager stays overnight with a friend after the party, personally check with the parents.  Be sure they will be home and want your teen to stay over.  Spontaneous “sleep-over” arrangements should always be confirmed with the host parents.

Last May Example reminded parents about the legal responsibilities of hosting parties.  Look it over as you plan Homecoming activities this year.

The Lord has blessed us with children and with those blessing also come responsibilities.  
"Train up a child in the way he should go; 
even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Launching Example for 2017 - 2018

Our first event of the year was great fun and great encouragement. Not only did we laugh and eat more pizza than humanely possible, we also heard from two seniors who gave great advice about making God-pleasing decisions, taking care of yourself and your friends.  Thank you to everyone who helped make our first event a great time.

Thank you Jordan and Michael for leading by Example.

If you couldn't make it, plan now for our next event on Saturday, October 28 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Finis Origine Pendet

Finis Origine Pendet
The end depends on the beginning.
Begin this year by giving and receiving encouragement, strength and hope.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Important Questions and Answers

These questions and answers are more important than any Final Jeopardy round.  This article, "Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis" by Josh Katz  presents eleven questions and answers that everyone needs to read.
The following excerpt is question 7. The others are just as important.
Read all the questions and answers.

What is fentanyl and why is it killing people?

It’s a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin.
Heroin is derived from opium, a plant. That means its growers need fields and labor to harvest the crop. They are tied to land, weather and time.
Fentanyl is purely synthetic. Think chemistry, not agriculture. It’s commonly used for surgical anesthesia and is prescribed to treat pain, but almost all of the fentanyl on the streets is illicitly manufactured. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the majority of illicit fentanyl in the United States is manufactured either in China or in Mexico using precursors bought from China. And at least some portion of it comes to the United States in the mail, ordered from dark web sources like the recently shuttered AlphaBay. But we don’t know how much.