First Lady Ann LePage Joins CASAColumbia Celebrates Family Day

September 22, 2014

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 22, 2014
Contact: Contact: Lynn Harvey, (207) 592-0647

Ann LePage to host “Story Time With The First Lady” to encourage parents to “Be Involved. Stay Involved”

AUGUSTA – First Lady Ann LePage joined on Monday with CASAColumbia to celebrate Family Day – Be Involved. Stay Involved®.

Children and parents were invited to join Mrs. LePage on at the Maine State Library from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for “Story Time With The First Lady”. Mrs. LePage read two stories and engaged in some fun reading and movement exercises with second grade students from the Augusta area.

CASAColumbia Family Day is a national initiative to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens. Research shows that children with hands-on parents are far less likely to smoke, drink or use other drugs.

“It’s imperative that for parents to raise substance free children, they must establish a strong line of communication early on,” First Lady LePage said. “I enjoyed taking this time to really encourage both parents and kids to open up a dialogue and ask each other questions, read, play and really get to know one another.”

“Every child deserves to grow up healthy and happy with an adolescence that is free from addiction. Parents, one of the best ways you can help keep your kids substance free is to be engaged in their lives – that includes being there for them at dinner,” says Jeffrey B. Lane, CASAColumbia’s Chairman. “The conversations that take place during family dinners give you a window into what your kids are going through and helps you keep the lines of communication open with them.”

For additional information about Family Day, visit www.CASAFamilyDay.org.