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Educator to Speak to Hatboro-Horsham Students About Drugs

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

Rick Dunlap

Hatboro-Horsham High School parents are invited to hear the story of an area parent and educator who lost his son to drugs during a poignant presentation scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the high school’s auditorium.

Rick Dunlap, principal of West Chester East High School, will share his own insights as someone who has lived with an addiction in the family. He will tell the story of his son Tim who died from an overdose when he was 20 years old.

His cautionary tale will include advice for parents about substance abuse and care addicts as well as how to advise students on making the right choices in difficult situations.

A drug enforcement agency investigator will also be at the presentation to help parents understand the facts and figures about drugs, drug sales and drug abuse.

The Feb. 28 presentation is free and open to all district parents. High school students will also have a chance to hear Dunlap’s message during a morning presentation March 1.

“We anticipate that Dr. Dunlap’s presentation will have a significant impact on those who attend and we hope it will help parents and their children to open up the lines of communication on issues like substance abuse,” Principal Dennis Williams said in a press release. “It is important for community members to understand that drug addiction is something that can happen to anyone regardless of upbringing or background and that we all can play a role in helping to prevent it.”

Dunlap’s professional career in education includes teaching special education, serving as assistant principal at the middle and high school levels as well as coaching football and wrestling.

He has a mater’s degree in bilingual/bicultural studies and a doctorate in educational leadership from Immaculata University.

Prior to his career in education, Dunlap was an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He has presented at national and international levels on curriculum, leadership and literacy and serves as a consultant to several districts on the topic of curriculum mapping.

Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

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