Preparing students for secondary school extends beyond the academic and intellectual readiness needed for success in the schools they are applying to. It also includes helping students better understand the choices they will be confronted with as they become more independent and move on to high school and beyond. To that effect, our health program is designed to inform them and gear them towards safe and healthy choices they will have to make on their own.
I am confident that you have heard about the growing concerns over the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. When I visit our young alumni in high school, across the board they tell me that vaping is rampant in their school.
With that in mind, I have invited Buckley alumni parent Dr. Melodi Pirzada P ‘13, ‘15, Chief Pediatric Pulmonologist at NYU Winthrop Hospital, to give a presentation to our upper schoolers about the risks associated with smoking, of which they might already be aware, and in particular, the dangers of vaping, with which they may not be as familiar. She will come with a high school student who, along with Dr. Pirzada’s daughter Nefes '13, has used various social media platforms to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping among teens.
The assembly will be held on Friday, September 27, at 1:15, for grades 5-8. It will be videotaped if you are interested in watching the assembly as a basis for further conversations with your children. You can also click here
for a NYT article about vaping in which Dr. Pirzada is quoted.
Please let me know if you have any questions.