SAU No. 5
Superintendent James Morse
36 Coe Drive
Durham, NH 03824
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Email: [email protected]
*MEDIA ADVISORY* Oyster River High School to Host Vaping Awareness Community Discussion
DURHAM — Superintendent James Morse announces that Oyster River High School will be holding a community night for the district to discuss vaping and the effects it has on the body.
Friday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Oyster River High School auditorium, 55 Coe Drive, Durham.
The discussion will be put on by the non-profit organization Breathe New Hampshire. The night will begin with a presentation and end with questions and comments from the community.
“New Hampshire schools have seen an dramatic rise in the number of students
using electronic vaping products in recent years,” Superintendent Morse said. “We hope as many parents as possible attend this important community meeting to learn the facts about this dangerous activity.”
As part of the presentation, parents will be instructed on what to look for in the home, in backpacks, and more.
All parents in the Oyster River Cooperative School District are encouraged to attend.
Members of the Oyster River High School leadership team recently met with School Resource Officer Thomas Kilroy and school nurse Kimberly Wolph to share information and concerns regarding the increase in vaping among the middle and high school population across the country. The group wanted an organization with experience presenting on the rise of student-age vaping, and chose Breathe New Hampshire.
“Vaping is rampant among school aged children in New Hampshire and nationwide, and ORHS and ORMS are not immune to that trend,” Wolph said. “It is an issue of serious concern, which is why we invited Breathe NH to come and present and educate our students, parents and faculty. With all of the health issues surrounding vaping, it is imperative that our school community works together toward reducing the number of school-aged children who are vaping.”
This past summer the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement on the dangers of youth vaping. It highlighted the New Hampshire Partners Against Youth Vaping in Schools, a network of community partners that was formed to provide outreach and education about new and emerging tobacco products.
Read the full statement here.