Press About this Drug Prevention Story


Sunny’s Story has made an incredible impression on all who have read it. This drug prevention story has gained a lot of attention throughout the country.

In Sunny’s Story, author Ginger Katz is the voice of her voiceless son and their family beagle, Sunny. In simple, but descriptive prose, Ginger lets Sunny tell the story of their beloved Ian’s experimentation with cigarettes, drugs and alcohol and its tragic consequences.

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Interview with Ginger Katz, Author of Sunny’s Story on News Channel 12

Ginger Katz listens to Sunny's Story

“Norwalk resident Ginger Katz recently published a children’s book titled “Sunny’s Story,” which was read aloud to fourth graders at Brookside Elementary School last week.”

 

Connecticut Post

 

 

April 15, 2010 – ctpost.com Son’s Losing Drug Battle Recalled – Mother warns students with unhappy tale

By Linda Conner Lambeck, Connecticut Post

BRIDGEPORT – Fifth- and sixth-graders listened intently in the basement library of Garfield School as Virginia “Ginger” Katz talked about her son Ian’s death from a heroin overdose more than a decade ago. It was a story they already knew. During last week’s 90-minute program, some of the youngsters clutched copies of Katz’s book, “Sunny’s Story,” that they read in class. It tells of Ian’s life and death through the eyes of Sunny, the family’s beagle. (full story)

 

The Hour

 

 

March 6, 2007 – The Hour “Children’s book tells sad tale through beagle’s eyes”

By Jill Bodach, Hour Staff Writer

Ginger Katz signs copies of her new book, Sunny’s Story.

“Ginger Katz signs copies of her new book, Sunny’s Story.”

What if man’s best friend could communicate about all the things he witnesses when his owners think no one is watching or listening? That is the question that led anti-drug advocate Ginger Katz to write a story about the death of her son, Ian, from the perspective of Ian’s pet beagle, Sunny – that and a moment she shared with Sunny the night Ian died… (full story)

 

 

 

 

February, 15, 2007 – Norwalk Citizen News ‘Sunny’s Story’ Tells of Loss of Dog’s Best Friend
By Lauren Garrison

 Brookside Elementary School teacher Dorothy Brown holds up a photograph of Ian as a student looks on.

Brookside Elementary School teacher Dorothy Brown holds up a photograph of Ian as a student looks on.

Fourth graders at Brookside Elementary School got a sneak preview last week of “Sunny’s Story,” a not-yet-released book by Norwalk resident Ginger Katz, along with Marci Alborghetti, that tells the tragic tale of how a young man became involved in using drugs and eventually overdosed and died… (full story)

 

 

 

 

News Channel 8

 

 

 

 

April 19, 2008 – WTNH-TV News

April 19, 2008 - WTNH-TV News

April 19, 2008 - WTNH-TV News

Anti Drug Advocate Ginger Katz is on a mission to save lives by empowering young people to be drug free. Katz, founded “The Courage to Speak Foundation” shortly after the death of her son Ian from a drug overdose in 1996. She has also written a book called, “Sunny’s Story.” It tells of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost to drugs and alcohol. (full story)

 

 

DMHAS

 

 

 

May 15, 2009 – Newsletter State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Thomas A. Kirk, Jr., Ph.D., Commissioner (former)

Thomas A. Kirk. Jr., Ph.D. – Former Commissioner

Thomas A. Kirk. Jr., Ph.D. – Former Commissioner

The facts are clear: one of the most powerful deterrents for alcohol and other drug use is simply talking with our youngsters. Though we think they may not be listening, we have to keep doing it. An innovative and effective way to reach youth was recently celebrated in Norwalk at the West Rocks Middle School Auditorium. The event was the Courage To Speak Foundation Family Night. There was a full house – families, youngsters, teachers, and local education, public safety and legislative leaders… (full story)

 

 

 

 

February 9, 2007 – The Hour “Drug crusader unwilling to let sleeping dogs lie”
By Howard Corbin, Hour Correspondent

Ginger at photo table of Ian

“Ginger Katz with Ian’s photo in the Courage to Speak Foundation office”

Norwalk – A dog’s account of watching his young owner succumb to drug abuse was read to fourth-graders at Brookside Elementary School Thursday in a trial of a program that discourages children from using drugs and helps parents and teachers provide support in avoiding them… (full story)

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2009 – Norwalk Citizen News Students share lessons from curriculum
By David Hennessey, Staff Writer

A Brookside Elementary School student holds up her essay about drug prevention to family

--Photo courtesy of Christian Amraham--“A Brookside Elementary School student holds up her essay about drug prevention to family and fellow students who gathered for the sixth annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug-Free Family Night at West Rocks Middle School last Thursday evening.”

In a crowded auditorium at West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk Monday evening, hundreds gathered to celebrate the fifth annual Courage to Speak Foundation’s Family Night, an event designed to spread the foundation’s mission of empowering youth to be drug-free and to recognize the kids who have completed its drug prevention curriculum… (full story)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecticut News 12

 

 

January 1, 2010 – Ginger Katz’s interview on News Channel 12.

WSTC 1400 - WNLK 1350

 

 

February 23, 2010 – Courage to Speak® Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night Radio Interview with John LaBarca

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Feb. 9, 2007 – The Advocate “Courage To Speak aims to get parents, children reading and talking”
By Jamie DeLoma, Special Correspondent, The Advocate

Ginger and Larry speaking at Scofield School 2007

Ginger and Larry speaking at Scofield School 2007

NORWALK – At Brookside Elementary School yesterday, Ginger Katz shared difficult life lessons with fourth-graders. It’s never too early to discuss the dangers of alcohol and drugs, said Katz, whose 20-year-old son, Ian Eaccarino, died of a drug overdose in 1996. To help start the conversation, she self-published a children’s book, “Sunny’s Story.” Katz co-wrote it with Marci Alborghetti. “It’s so hard for parents to talk to their children about drugs,” Ginger, said. “This book is a tool to help parents open up and discussion.” (full story)

 

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