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Shatterproof: Stronger than Addiction

Jessie Braden, Staff Writer

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“I went first because I knew if I didn’t, I probably would’ve chickened out,” principal of Weston High School, Lisa Deorio said. Ms. Deorio was one of seven volunteers who rappelled down a 22-story building in Stamford on October 7 to raise money to stop the drug addictions in high schoolers.
Shatterproof, the organization that hosted the rappelling event and supports drug interventions, was created by a father, who lost his son. To deal with the shame his son felt about his addition, “I made this nonprofit, to make sure no family is shattered, like I was,” said Gary Mandell, CEO of the nonprofit organization, Shatterproof.
Shatterproof is a nonprofit organization that raises money and awareness for kids losing their lives to drugs. “Stronger Than Addiction” is their famous slogan and it’s drawing people in and to learn more. Weston High School is a strong supporter. Mrs. Deorio, Officer Joe Mogollan, Coach Dan Hassett, Ms. Anna Balouskus, Mr. Geoffrey Brencher and Ms. Storm Snaith participated in the rappelling even. “Coach Hassett, the football coach, was the one that went with me and he was amazing cheering me on and encouraging me,” said Deorio.
“During the staff meeting, I was the first to volunteer at Shatterproof,” said Mr. Brencher, the videography teacher. “I thought it would be a thrilling experience and it sounded fun, and it helped raise money for families to help their kids with addictions.” Mr. Brencher said he also “nominated Anna [Mrs. Balouskus] to rappel down with me.”
The Shatterproof challenge continues this month with the great Burpee Challenge. Staff and students are challenging each other to perform five burpees to stay Shatterproof Strong.
If you want to learn more about Shatterproof, go check out their website @ https://www.shatterproof.org and help families guide their kids to a bright future.

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  1. Holly Jespersen on November 8th, 2017 4:18 pm

    Thank you, Weston High!!!! We appreciate the support.

    -Holly Jespersen, Senior Comm. Manager, Shatterproof

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