Drug Prevention: Testimonials for this Drug Prevention Book

Student holds up the letter she wrote to Mrs. Katz after reading Sunny's Story.

Student holds up the letter she wrote to Mrs. Katz after reading Sunny’s Story.

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

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

Sunny, waits patiently by the kitchen for his chicken soup.

Sunny, waits patiently by the kitchen for his chicken soup.

Sunny loved being on the boat with Ian, his ears flapping in the wind.

Sunny loved being on the boat with Ian, his ears flapping in the wind.

Read the testimonials from people of all ages after reading Sunny’s Story, a story of drug prevention.

 

Drug Prevention School Staff Testimonials:

Helen S., Teacher “Sunny’s Story is absolutely required reading for your child at the earliest age…it’s simply a matter of proactively taking a quick pleasant step that can avoid a potential tragedy. And don’t forget to repeat as needed.”

 

Dr. Lynne Moore, Principal “The book about Sunny will be an asset to our language arts and health curriculum. It will be required reading for my school.”

 

Kathleen Seperack, High School Guidance Counselor “I am bringing Sunny’s Story to the students of my school. It is essential every student reads this book and it is as part of the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention curriculum taught in our school.”

Drug Prevention Community Testimonial:

 Dee Rathbone, Community Advocate “After reading Sunny’s Story my 18-year-old granddaughter spoke to her dad about her drinking problem and got help.”

Drug Prevention a Parent’s Testimonial:

Greg Garland, Parent “All parents should buy this book, read it to their young children and keep their copy on a prominent bookshelf. It can then serve as a constant reminder that we must all be vigilant against drugs. Doing so, in your home, could save a life you love.”

It is always sad when a child dies. Drugs – an alluring but deadly temptation faced by children every day – is an avoidable killer. That fact only makes those particular stories even more horrifically tragic.

Ginger Katz found a way to tell her family’s true story, her young son’s death by drug overdose, in a way that brings children directly into this important dialog. The first-person in her story isn’t even a person, it’s the family dog: Sunny. Sunny struggles to make sense of a senseless death and of the loss he feels long after the overdose.”

Katz’s inventive narrative and writing style enabled me to share this book with my two daughters (age 11 and 9) in such a way that they heard, understood, and now remember this Lifesaving message. My kids, like yours, are unable to escape being tempted by drugs. Drugs are everywhere. My hope and duty, as their father, is to teach them how to be strong and knowledgeable enough to choose wisely and say NO each time they are offered even gateway drugs.”

Dr. Salvatore Corda, Superintendent “Ian’s story, told through the eyes of his dog, Sunny, will help children understand how even ‘good kids’ can fall prey to the lure of drugs.

Ian’s tragically lost life is still doing good by the commitment of his parents to help young people and their parents understand that the danger never stops and having the courage to face the hard issues is the only way to keep our children safe.”

Drug Prevention Student Testimonials:

Abigal from Roton Middle School
Andrea from Roton Middle School
Arielle from Ponus Ridge Middle School
Aubriana from Nathan Hale Middle School
Jacob from Ponus Ridge Middle School
Jennie from Nathan Hale Middle School
Olivia from Brookside Elementary School
Talia from Brookside Elementary School

Matthew – Student “I loved Sunny’s Story. It taught me how to not keep secrets from my parents. I will never do drugs because I know what will happen to me.”

Brittany – Grade 6 ” Sunny’s Story has helped me to know more about the dangers of drugs. Now I can talk to my younger brothers about drugs when they get to be my age.”

David Hay, Principal “Educators and parents need to be as strong in voice as Sunny is in the story. This story has to be told and it will save lives.”

By J.M. Sibley “family man” “As a person who places the family unit as the highest of importance, I strongly recommend this wonderful book. This is a real life story, told by the family dog Sunny, about how a boy struggles with drugs. The progression of use changes the boy, Ian, and the relationships with his family, friends and school. The book leaves a lasting impression and will open the door for conversations between adults and children. The book was read by our Church Youth Group and it led to an evening dedicated to this topic. I have given copies to all my brothers and sisters and many others as well!”

Helen Seplowitz, Grandmother “Sunny’s Story is absolutely required reading to and/or for your child at the earliest age when the inherent dangers of illegal substances will be unfailingly presented to her/him. It is simply a matter of proactively taking a quick pleasant step that can avoid a potential tragedy. And don’t forget to repeat as needed.”

Michael Petrucelli, Founder DadsForKids.org “A very powerful story that really hits home. This creative short story is an insightful journey told through the eyes of Sunny, Ian’s beagle. Sunny shares a passionate story of the joys and pain that he saw each day as Ian was growing up. Sunny wanted so much what we all want ‘the best for our children’. I was deeply touched by this insiders look at the important messages shared by Ginger Katz through Sunny’s eyes. None of us are shielded from the crazy environment our kids are exposed to. This heartfelt and gripping story needs to be experienced by all.”

Dominick Splendorio, Health Educator “Sunny’s Story is a perfect way to introduce the sensitive topic of substance abuse to children. I have been a health educator for many years, and have found that facts alone do little to change behavior. This book combines some factual information about the downward spiral of substance abuse as seen through the eyes of the family pet dog, Sunny. It engages the students from the outset and keeps their attention throughout. It tugs at the heart and has a clear but simple message: substance abuse can affect anyone. Sunny’s story can be a great addition to any substance abuse program.”

Drug prevention: To have Ginger Katz bring the Courage to Speak® Presentation to your school or community; or to learn more about the Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curricula that includes Sunny’s Story, please call (877) 431-3295 or email gkatz@couragetospeak.org.

 

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