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School’s Out, Summer’s In!

Survey Says...

We have a winner!  Actually, we have 27 winners in our State of the Program survey contest. Congratulations!  And thanks to over 1,000 of our community partners that provided us with invaluable feedback about how they’re using Project ALERT in their schools and community settings.  We couldn’t deliver one of the top-rated substance use prevention education programs in the country without you!  Thank you!

Noticias del Proyecto ALERTA

Project ALERT is very excited to announce the release of our updated Spanish manual!  Current information on e-cigarettes and marijuana has been added to our “Proyecto ALERTA” curriculum, along with updated prevalence of use data from Monitoring the Future.  Please see our website for all of our materials available en Español.

Year in Review

If you’ve been wondering just exactly what we’ve been doing all year, please check out Project ALERT director Eric Pedersen’s Reflections on Another Successful Year of Project ALERT column. Also check out an updated review of Project ALERT research studies that we have posted on our website.


Spring Gives Way to Summer


Like so many literary masters, the staff at the Educator are big fans of summer, and our ritual of including a few seasonal classic musings in our end-of-school-year issue continues.  This time around, like those early summer days--the kind that stretch out like limitless acres of powdered sand on a cloudless California beach, or like blonde featherfields of bristly wheat chasing the elusive orange-gray of a dusty mid-Western horizon, or (ok…we’ll stop…Yancey said it so much better)--some of our favorite quotes about the season are a bit longer than you might be used to.  We hope these few gems inspire you to enjoy some well-earned days of rest and relaxation or hasten you to “get outta Dodge” for some long-awaited adventures!


"Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing."

—Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist


"As spring gave way to summer, the bright green stalks darkened, became tan, turned golden brown. The days grew long and hot. Thick towers of swirling black clouds brought rain, and the brown stems glistened in the perpetual twilight that dwelled beneath the canopy. The wheat rose and the ripening heads bent in the prairie wind, a rippling curtain, an endless, undulating sea that stretched to the horizon."

―Rick Yancey, The Infinite Sea


"The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color."

―Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting


Here’s to a restful and adventurous summer!


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