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Josh Ochs, Founder of SmartSocial
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Josh Ochs, Founder of SmartSocial, November 28th, 7:00 PM GCHS

With a background in marketing at Disney and a love for all things technology, Josh Ochs combines both to help students use social media as a portfolio of positive accomplishments. Josh has written six books, but his “Light, Bright and Polite for Teens” book teaches students of all ages that everything they post on social media will eventually be discovered by their parents, teachers, college recruiters, and future employers.

Josh Ochs will speak to grades 8 through 12 during in-school assemblies and to our community in the evening. This social media safety presentation will bring caregivers up to speed on the latest apps and how to talk to your kids about using digital tools to shine online. The goal of this presentation will be to keep our children safe online and provide parents tools to talk with their kids about being smart on social media.

Josh Ochs will discuss the topics like:

• What apps are unsafe for Tweens

• How to bury bad Google results from other users with your similar name

• Examples of good and bad posts that colleges may find

• Tips you can suggest to use Google searches like a college and future employer

• 7 Networks your kids need to be on to shine online

Bob Wolf, H.O.P.E Skills, December 12th 7:00 PM GCHS

Mr. Wolf offers simple tips to help students with "human contact skills" so needed in today's digital world. Such skills teach how to build self-confidence and self-esteem to better engage with peers and adults.This event is open to parents and students grades 6-12. www.hopeskills.com for more information.

Parent University, February 1st 7:00 - 9:15 PM

Parent University is an evening set-aside for parents and caregivers of children in grades Pre-K to 12 to participate in a series of workshops facilitated by area professionals and district personnel. The free workshops are sponsored by community organizations, including educators, to best reflect current topics and trends. It is an opportunity to sharpen parents’ skills as we work together to raise healthy, well-adjusted, and successful children. Studies prove when communities, caregivers, and educators work together to create supportive and safe environments for children to grow and learn – they thrive.

Registration will be online only and will begin January 3rd. Childcare will be available for children ages 4 to 12.

Look for more information about this upcoming community event or visit www.gardencitypu.com.

Steve Dodge, S.L.A.T.E Project, Saving Lives from Addiction, 7:00 PM March 22nd

Educating our youth is the first and primary goal of the S.L.A.T.E. Project. The S.L.A.T.E. Project was created to reach out to members of our community in a personal manner by providing first-hand experiences regarding drugs and alcohol. One of the first priorities is to arm our youth with knowledge, give them tools, and resources so when they are faced with difficult decisions, they will already have the skills necessary to make decisions with confidence. Following this, the S.L.A.T.E. Project aims to supply our community with awareness as an essential part of encouraging healthy living.

Steve and his mother Lori will speak to parents and their children in an evening presentation. For more information visit www.theslateproject.org.

Garden City PTA Annual All Schools PTA Meeting, 7 pm GCPL