The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) provides educational programming and prevention outreach to the citizens of Verona. Its funding comes from a grant through the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse with matching funds from the Township of Verona. VMAC was authorized by the Township of Verona in 1989 to promote the prevention efforts of the State of NJ at the community level.
HBW Dream Team Update
The Dream Team started 2014 with the “Pasta for Pennies” Campaign – a nationwide program that raises funds that go towards the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Sponsored by the “Olive Garden,” proceeds collected are used to fund research and support young people afflicted with this terrible disease.
For three weeks homerooms generously brought in pennies and “more” working towards our school goal of raising $1200. The winning homeroom was promised a free lunch provided by the “Olive Garden.”
The response was “overwhelming.” In just one week, HBW surpassed its school goal by raising $2300. With the wonderful generosity of the HBW community, they were able to raise a total of over $6000!
In addition, on Tuesday, February 11th, the Dream Team hosted a Valentine’s Day workshop making cards for senior citizens. The Dream Team is also looking for talented artists to enter the Family Night Poster Contest sponsored by VMAC.
Aware Awake Alive Campaign
The VHS Administration, Guidance, Health and Athletic Departments partnered with the Verona Police Department to bring Aware Awake Alive (www.awareawakealive.org) to VHS students on November 27, 2013. The mission was to educate students on the signs of alcohol poisoning and NJ’s 911 Lifeline Law that provides immunity to those who call for help. Make the call and save a life!
Shirley Bush, School Nurse and Dana Lustig, Student Assistance Counselor delivered the program in Physical Education classes. Pictured with them are: Ofc. Dan Greco, Gary Farishian, Kimberly Ferlauto, Chris Demond, Diane Newman, Colleen Green, Patricia Hemsley-Carlotto, Alyssa Calabrese, Eric McElroy, Kathleen Grant, Glenn Cesa, and David Galbierczyck.
The program was funded by the Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC). VMAC receives its funding from a grant through New Jersey’s Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse with matching funds from the Township of Verona.
Parents Who Host…Lose the Most
VMAC wants to remind parents that New Jersey law holds you legally accountable if alcohol is served to underage persons in your home. New Jersey Law states that the legal age for purchase, possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage is 21 years of age or older. Although it is legal for parents to to choose to serve their own children on their property, it is illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to others under the age of 21. The maximum penalty is $1000 fine and 6 months in jail.