I'm a mom of three kids now 22,20,15 All of whom experienced the reality tour with a group of friends when they went to Middle school. THEY STILL talk about. The older two successfully avoided the trap of drugs as did the students/friends they attended with. We were talking about it the other day and the 20 year old remembered the Jail. "there was a person behind the glass, they had tennis shoes like mine, I realized they had lost all their freedom and I didn't ever want to end up there," Now in college entering into her Junior year...the memory is vivid. She continues to avoid the path that drugs could take her. The 15 year old said the funeral is what cinched it for her. She said, "Looking at the body and knowing people were missing their friend I didn't want to lose a friend to something stupid like drugs or want people looking at me in a casket and wondering how I could have been so stupid." As a parent I remember grilling the students who were in recovery and asking them HOW did your parents MISS this? They willingly shared with me their tips and tricks on how they got away with it...I am grateful. To this day...if my kids go somewhere and call me on the cell, I ask to speak to their friend or friends parent from the cell...to be assured they are where they say they are...they know it will happen...no need to try to be deceptive. My son is pursing a career in law enforcement...he remembers the question about giving something up for 6 weeks and thinking as a child what it would be like to never have pizza again, or some other enjoyable thing. They drew the parallel about why "try something" that could become addictive to have to live the rest of your life NEVER experiencing it again..to the point of having to experience extreme pain because a narcotic could contribute to a relapse. For my olders its been 7 and almost 10 years and THE REALITY tour is still shaping their thought process about drugs and their use. I am thankful that so far their path has strayed away from the destructive one involving drug use. Those morphed images of their photos are etched into their minds as something to avoid. As homeschooled students the olders never encountered the peer pressure that kids grew up with. The REALITY TOUR prepared them for what peers can do. They have the ability to pull you down...or lift you up and out of the pit and away from the drug scene. Kudos to a program that makes a difference and leaves an impact. Our family is proof!
I attended a Reality Tour in Mars on June 9th. I was astonished and surprised at just how influential and educational Reality Tour is. The dramatic scenes, although put on by volunteers, were fabulous and really got their messages across. Another great aspect was hearing from two boys from George Junior. Their stories were so inspirational and I know their wasn't a dry eye in the entire audience after one of the boys explained he will be leaving George Junior soon as a changed man and is headed to the army. I think this experience was a great learning exercise and all parents should consider taking their kids to this wonderful program.
The Reality Tour is a wonderful opportunity to open communications with your child about drugs if you haven't already. Providing real life situations, video commentary, as well as first hand experience of what life is like to be a "user". This program exceeded my expectations and gave my daughter and I plenty to talk about on the ride home as well as share with other family members at home. As a parent I really appreciated the tips given by the instructor, police officer and former abusers. Worth checking out and quite possibly saving the life of a friend or family member. Thank You!
My daughter attended the tour in 2006. She was so deeply affected that she wanted to volunteer. What a wonderful experience and learning opportunity for her. She has been blessed tie share her knowledge with others and , hopefully, make a positive impact in their lives
I recently attended the Reality Tour with my husband and our two sons (ages 11 and 14). We found this program to be very educational. The volunteers did a wonderful job of conveying a lot of information about drug use in a way that captured the attention of kids and adults alike. I am so grateful to our school district for promoting this important organization - I really believe that if everyone took the time to attend a Reality Tour, the drug problems in our communities would diminish greatly. I highly recommend this program for anyone with teens and pre-teens.
CANDLE, Inc. meets with Seneca Valley School Administrators next Wednesday to plan for access to Reality Tour for next school year. We will be sure to pass along your comment . Thanks for attending.
I attended the Reality Tour with my 11yr old son. Several of his friends also attended with their parents. It was very informative for both the kids and the adults, I did not realize how much I didn't know about what is going on with drugs. The biggest benefit of this program for us was that it opened up communication for our family. I hope every family gets to attend this amazing program!
Thanks for taking the time to add your comments so other parents can be inspired to take their child. It is our mission to let parents know about the changing drug trends - it is fairly stunning what is happening with designer drugs and people transitioning from Rx pain pills to heroin etc.
22 Scouts from Troop 53 in Butler, Pennsylvania attended Realty Tour and were impacted by each dramatic scene. In one scouts words, "it seemed very real and will make me think twice before ever doing drugs". The parents of the scouts were also impacted saying, "Reality Tour made me more aware of what is out there and what my kids could be facing". "I'm glad for the information and now I know what to look for and how to speak with my kids about drugs". Troop 53 is planning on attending every year.
This program far exceeded my expectations and taught me even more! The skits were most engaging for my 12 year old. He asked me more than once if it was "real". I was very enthralled by the recovery speakers. My prayers contine daily for these 2 young brave men.
I would've paid at least $50 each for my children and I to attend! Worth so much more!
This program should be required in EVERY school nationwide!!
Our partnership with Candle, Inc. and the Reality Tour here in Greensburg has been outstanding. The number of students and parents that we have been able to send to the Reality Tours continues to grow and has made a lasting impact on the participants. The children we serve are our greatest resource, and experiencing the Reality Tour will hopefully lead to better, safer choices as they face the daily pressures in their lives.
Candle, Inc. provides an important component to the future of children. As schools continue to face budget restraints, Candle provides the educational piece for students and families to learn the harsh reality of drugs and achohol. This program takes a proactive approach to meet parents and children head on and provides support and direction. I have attended several times and have left each time with a new perspective on what is happening to our children (and adults).