Volume 5, Issue 1 1st Quarter, 2012
Bell Middle School—
Taking Steps to Ensure Students’
In this Edition. . . Safe Passage
Bell Middle School—Pg 1
News from CRPC
Youth Councils—Pg 2
T he mission of Safe Passage is to promote
academic excellence, social responsibility
and the emotional well being of students
by deterring harassment, gang, and criminal activ-
ity within the surrounding school community.
worked hard to remove trash, old furniture,
dangerous materials and overgrown vegetation
from this canyon. As a result, activity in the
canyon is now safer, more visible and there are
less objects that can be used to harm those using
North Park Citizens’ The main focus is preventing violence and general the path. Special thanks to S.D. Canyonlands
Patrol—Pg 3 safety dangers for students traveling to and from for facilitating these ―clean & safe‖ events and
school. With multiple partners, an action- providing needed tools and supplies.
Promotoras Carry Out
a Promise—Pg 3
oriented environmental approach results in a
healthier, safer school-neighborhood environment. Recognizing that substance abuse can affect
PS&NS Committee students’ safety and ability to learn and desire
Considers Smoking Partners in Bell’s Safe Passage include: Principal cont’d on page 3
Regulations for Michael Dodson, Bell’s ASB, Institute for Pub-
Apartment Buildings—Pg 3 lic Strategies, Rady’s Safe Routes to School,
Commission on Gang Prevention & Interven- “Please Do Not Write On Our Walls”
Community Events—Pg 4 tion, TKF, San Diego Police Southeastern Division, Campaign
City Attorney’s office, San Diego County Probation,
Board Supervisor Ron Roberts, Councilmember Deputy City Attorney Jon Dwyer has designed
Tony Young, Health & Human Services, Jacobs a new anti-graffiti campaign – “Please Do Not
Center Project Safeway, San Diego Canyonlands, Write On Our Walls.” The campaign, debuting
& SAY San Diego Alcohol, Tobacco & Other at Bell Middle School, strives to improve
Drugs (ATOD) Prevention Program. student ownership and pride in their school.
To encourage involvement among the students,
SAY San Diego Principal Dodson embraces the efforts of all the students competed in an art competition for
Central Region these partners to ensure that students at Bell the honor of having their artwork chosen as the
Prevention Coalition Middle School are given the best opportunity background for all of the ―Please Do Not Write
(CRPC) for learning and growing. He says, “This is a On Our Walls‖ signs to be posted around cam-
perfect example of a village coming together. It pus. There were multiple entries, and Aaron
4275 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92105 truly is about the safety of all of our students.” Mickelsen was the winning student artist.
619.283.9624 Also, incentives will be given incrementally for
www.saysandiego.org A Safe Passage/Safe Routes to School approach every day the campus remains free of graffiti
is taking shape with the start of a Parent Patrol including free dress day, pizza, and ice cream.
For questions related to
information contained in this
that will provide adult volunteers in high-risk However, if graffiti is found on the campus,
newsletter, please contact: locations to monitor student travel on and near then the clock starts over. Hopefully, this will
Marsha Lyon, the campus. Two events occurred in Fall 2011 help incentivize the students to monitor each
email@example.com to address a big safety concern identified in surveys other to prevent graffiti on campus.
of Bell students and parents. The large canyon
Funded by County of San Diego adjacent to the school has long been regarded a The ―Please Do Not Write On Our Walls‖
risky environment for students using its paved approach to fighting vandalism is unique in
path as a short-cut to and from school. Youth, that it is valuable to both the school and the
parents, TKF mentors, Navy volunteers and others students on multiple levels.
News from Central Region Prevention Coalition Youth Councils
Latino Youth Council
Receives Thank You Card from U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy
LYC receives a Thank You Card from
US Attorney Duffy praising them for being a positive example
for others. The Council members collected more than 130
postcards from residents in support of the closure of marijuana
dispensaries within the City of San Diego.
Councilmember Marti Emerald attends LYC meeting.
Critical Voice, A Queer Youth Coalition
WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO
There are a lot of positive changes in the the Hillcrest off-sale liquor licenses for year during pride with a substance free
air for Critical Voice, a Queer Youth Coa- SPICE products. With San Diego LGBT message. The group agrees that even if
lition. They have plans for launching the Pride just around the corner, the group is none of their other goals was accomplished
Critical Voice website, fine tuning the excited to get to work on their partnership throughout the year, that providing an
media campaign for the fall school semes- with youth zone. The Coalition members LGBT drug free space during Pride is the
ter, and the street team will be assessing plan to host a large social event again this most important task.
Thank you to the Latino Youth Council, Critical Voice, A Queer Youth Coalition, Promotoras,
and community members for their efforts to shutter over 200 marijuana dispensaries.
cont’d from page 1
to stay in school, Principal Dodson held a contest. or one Reality, s/he was given a ticket. At the end
A SAY San Diego ATOD staff member devel- of the contest period, three tickets were drawn and
oped a rack card that compared Myths and prizes, provided by SAY’s ATOD Program, were
Realities of marijuana use. Mr. Dodson given to one student in each of the 6th, 7th and 8th
distributed these cards to all the Bell grades.
students. He instructed them to read and
be able to recite at least one Myth or one This is a great example of getting substance abuse
Reality outlined on the card. If the student Awardees: Maria Corinne Quizon & prevention information to the students in a way
was able to successfully recite at least one Myth Alex Canales (pictured) that engages their participation.
Zainab Hassan (not shown)
North Park Citizens’ Patrol collaborative effort utilizing advice from The idea for the citizens’ patrol arose from
other neighborhood patrols in the area, the alarmingly high crime rates experienced
North Park Community Association plans SDPD, residents, businesses as well as sup- in recent years with the growth of nightlife
to launch their newly formed ―North Park port from SAY San Diego ATOD staff in the central business district of North
Citizens Patrol‖ program (a division of member. Park.
Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol in Hillcrest) To learn more about the program and its For more information, contact Nikki
where volunteers monitor activities around volunteer requirements, you’re invited to a Berdy, President North Park Community
bars, restaurants, businesses and neighbor- community meeting on March 13th, 6—8 PM, Assn, firstname.lastname@example.org
hoods in their proximity. This has been a Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd).
Promotoras Carry Out a Promise Public Safety & Neighborhood Services
Committee Considers Smoking Regulations
The Promotoras with the Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo Coalition
arrived at the Malcolm X Library paint brushes in hand and for Apartment Buildings
excited to apply a fresh coat of paint to a special wall located in
the library’s Children’s Section. Honoring a promise made to More people die from smoking than from AIDS, drug abuse,
Youth Services Librarian Bill Sannwald last spring, the Promotoras car accidents and murder combined. Recognizing the harm
eagerly got to work sprucing up a corner of the library that has caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, the City’s Public
featured countless art exhibits since the library’s opening in 1996. Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee (PS&NS) is
working to address health impacts in apartment buildings
Grateful for the warm hospitality and condominiums. “There is no risk-free level of exposure
that Sannwald extended to Photo- to secondhand smoke,” said Councilmember Emerald, who,
voice artists as they worked as PS&NS Chair, directed housing industry personnel and
together to mount the Photovoice prevention groups to form the Non-Smoking Housing Task
exhibit for its 30-day run, the Force. “Breathing even a little secondhand smoke can be
Promotoras vowed to return with harmful to your health, particularly in the close confines
Bill Sannwald with Promotoras the goal of freshening up the wall of multi-family housing.”
and SAY Staff Claudia Baltazar & whose chipped, faded façade had
not been repainted in 15 years. At the February 15th meeting of PS&NS, the Task Force pro-
posed new regulations addressing secondhand smoke as a
The Promotoras are Hispanic community health advocates nuisance in multi-family buildings. Chairwoman Emerald and
trained to provide basic health education and linkages to existing her colleagues thanked the Task Force for their hard work on
health and human service resources at the neighborhood level. the ordinance, which will next be reviewed by the City Attorney’s
The Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo nurtures a diverse volunteer base, office.
including parents, youth, businesses, schools, media, health
organizations, law enforcement, and local government to expand The Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee next
alcohol and drug prevention advocacy within ethnically-diverse meets on Wednesday March 14, 2012 at 2 pm in City
communities throughout San Diego County. Hall. For public safety related concerns, please contact
PS&NS Committee Consultant Drew Ector by e-mailing
For more information about the Coalition, please visit: email@example.com or calling (619) 236-7038.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day:
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dispose of unwanted and unused prescription
drugs. Drop-off points include: North Park Lions
Club at 3927 Utah Street and the Southeastern
Police Division, 7222 Skyline Drive.