DMS PTA has purchased lawn signs as a gift for all graduating 8th graders. Please email for pickup information.
Mr. Austin, 7 Red, has published his first book, Small Miracle. You can purchase it through the following link:
The COVID-19 crisis has created new challenges for parents and families. Kids are out of school and are spending most of their time at home. And in millions of American homes, there are firearms that may or may not be stored securely. The boredom and isolation our kids may be feeling pose additional risks to their safety. The suicide rate among teens in our country was already troubling high before this crisis began. Securing all firearms in the home - storing them locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition - can literally save a child's life.
In addition to my work as a teacher at Demasi, I'm also involved with an organization called Be SMART for Kids. Be SMART for Kids is a national, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating adults and children about the risks posed by unsecured firearms. Not a week goes by in our country without stories about accidental or unintentional shootings, deaths by suicide where a firearm was used, or domestic violence involving guns. Many if not most of these tragedies could be avoided if the weapons that were used had been properly stored. Attached you will find some basic information regarding safe firearm storage. If you have firearms in your home, please review these materials. Even if you're not a gun owner, take some time to look it over and educate yourself. You can find additional information at besmartforkids.org.
Thanks for your time and let's all stay safe.
Dave Austin, Demasi Middle School and local South Jersey Be SMART for Kids Lead.
The nominating committee would like to present the slate for the DMS PTA Board for 2020-21:
President: Dana Weaver
VP of Fundraising: Leighanne Ratcliffe
VP of Events: Nicole Gilchrist
Treasurer: Caroline Patane
Secretary: Karen Watson
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