On December 1st, 2016, Brookline’s 12th annual community Wellness Summit gathered parents, students, Brookline Schools staff/administration, health experts, police, and community members to address the changing landscape of teen substance abuse. The overall goal was to explore current trends and brainstorm strategies. BHS Interim Headmaster Anthony Meyer welcomed everyone, including Superintendent Andrew Bott and Selectman Bernard Greene, stressing the importance of creating community solutions for ongoing issues. Mary Minott of the Brookline Public Health Department introduced the peer leaders: “Our goal today is to hear the voices of our students and put our heads together to brainstorm steps we can take as a community to reduce the impact substance abuse has on the health and wellbeing of our youth.”
On November 7th, the election night eve, BHS Peer Leaders debated the pros and cons of the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts and the impact on youth. The students were well informed about the issues and the two sides presented eloquent positions and entered into some heated friendly but debates over the impact on our community.