Pam Richard, Social Worker
Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
Community Alliance for Teen Safety is an integral part of our Greater Derry Community. The amazing staff and volunteers at CATS encourage strong family connections and youth education around at-risk behaviors.
Developmentally, it is expected for our middle and high school students to move toward independence but they still need our guidance on this personal journey. CATS provides this guidance. In order to combat the media, music genre and social milieu of “anything goes” that surrounds our children…CATS is a shining light of healthy and positive choices for our children.
As a school social worker, I have seen the devastation of poor choices and lack of education that many of our children have faced with irreversible and life changing consequences. I also see the positive and leadership choices that many of our children are capable of making and do make! I am proud to be a partner with CATS in helping our families and our youth move toward becoming productive and happy adults. Our children are just incredible.
Our Derry Cooperative School District’s mission is to create a safe and successful learning environment for all students; one that fosters challenging situations, promotes self-worth, encourages learning as a lifelong activity, and produces healthy young adults who will contribute to society. I assure you we cannot accomplish this mission alone.
Our ongoing partnership with Community Alliance for Teen Safety is an essential ingredient needed for our children’s success.