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The Texas PTA has issued a correction to their e-mail claiming that methamphetamine dealers were disguising the drug as candy in order to get children to try it. We reposted that e-mail, and somehow our post was linked at Reason.com, and commenters called us out for passing along incorrect information. We looked into it (something, frankly, we didn’t think we needed to do before given the source) and edited the original post to reflect reality. It just goes to show that the journalist’s maxim may be truer in the Internet age: If your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Here’s Texas PTA’s e-mail:

Texas PTA works closely with Texas Crime Stoppers and Attorney General Greg Abbott.  In December, at the request of Texas Crime Stoppers, Texas PTA released information about “strawberry quick,” which generated several questions.  As a result, Texas PTA consulted with Texas Crime Stoppers about your questions, and officials at Texas Crime Stoppers wrote an apology to Texas PTA with a correction found below.

Texas Crime Stoppers Response Concerning Strawberry Quick

A Texas Crime Stoppers internal investigation of a methamphetamine-laced drug being marketed to school age children in Texas called “strawberry quick” has found that it does not exist in Texas. Dr. Jane Maxwell, with the Gulf Coast Addiction Technology Transfer Center, University of Texas at Austin was consulted on the existence of “strawberry quick.” She replied to this staffer that “strawberry-quick is a myth, and an urban legend.” This office regrets the passing of information to our friends at the Texas PTA without investigating the validity of the information sent to us from a Juvenile Probation office in Central Texas.

However, the Dallas office of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Public Information Office confirmed that there had been an epidemic of “cheese” heroin in the Dallas area and use of heroin (whether or not nicknamed as “cheese”) by youths and young adults across Texas is growing. For background on the cheese heroin problem, see http://www.utexas.edu/research/cswr/gcattc/documents/cheeseheroin12-31-07_000.pdf)

Rumors about new drugs or drugs targeted to children can occur in this field, but the fact that “strawberry quick” is not present in Texas in no way invalidates the urge to caution and to be fully aware regarding drug and alcohol promotion or usage amongst our Texas children. Forewarned is forearmed.

Despite the nonsequitur about “cheese” heroin (which isn’t disguised as food, but is named for its appearance), the last paragraph is true. Though we don’t want to chase after shadows and moonbeams, we do need to be vigilant about drugs and children, and if the cost of that is the occasional false start, it’s something we’ll have to live with.

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This Saturday will be our second annual American Heart Association‘s Jump Rope for Heart.  This is an event sponsored by the PE department that raises funds to help children with heart problems, and encourages good health and exercise through the fun of jumping rope.  To learn more about this program, you can visit the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart website: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2360.

Coach Jenson and Coach Iverson need your help to make this event a success and fun for the students.  We’ll need parents to help with sign-in/registration and to supervise the snack table.  Here are the details:

Jump Rope For Heart

  • Saturday, January 16
  • 8:30am – approx 11am
  • Myers Gym  (You may park in the teachers parking lot next to the bus loop and main playground area, and enter Gym through its outside entrance.)

Time Table

  • 8:30am Volunteers are asked to arrive for instruction and set-up.
  • 9:00am – 9:30am : Sign-in/registration (registration may run a little longer for those who come later.)
  • 9:30am – 10:30am : Having fun jumping rope!
  • 10:30am : Prizes awarded to jumpers

Healthy snacks will be available throughout the event.

Kids and parents alike are welcomed to participate in this event.  There will be several different activities to do involving jump ropes! Everyone had a great time last year and we hope you join us this year either as a volunteer, participant, or even a spectator. So come dressed comfortably and wear your sneakers!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact PTA President Desiree Arenas via e-mail or by telephone.

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UPDATE: Apparently this is a hoax that has taken in Texas PTA and Fox News. While there apparently is not any known instances of drug dealers using candy-like substances to lure children, the advice to warn your kids against accepting items of unknown origin and especially from strangers is valid.

From the Texas PTA Legislative Alert:

This is a new drug known as ‘strawberry quick ‘:

Strawberry Quick--a form of methampetamines sometimes given to children that looks like candy

There is a very scary thing going on in the schools right now that we all need to be aware of.

There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and ‘pops’ in your mouth). It also smells like strawberry and it is being handed out to kids in school yards. They are calling it strawberry meth or strawberry quick.

Kids are ingesting this thinking that it is candy and are being rushed off to the hospital in dire condition. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange.

Strawberry Quick-style methamphetamine in a plastic bag with a label

Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers – not even candy that looks like this from a friend (who may have been given it and believed it is candy) They should take any of this “candy” that they may have to a teacher, principal or parent immediately.

Pass this email on to as many people as you can (even if they don’t have kids) so that we can raise awareness and hopefully prevent any tragedies from occurring.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,271215,00.html

National PTA President Chuck Saylors asks that parents learn how to fight the looming influenza pandemic.


President Chuck Saylors delivers message to join the Let’s Fight Flu Together campaign

For more information, go to Flu.gov, the Texas Department of State Health Services, or San Antonio’s public health team, Metro Health.

Thank You…

On behalf of the teachers, staff,

and students at

Virginia A. Myers Elementary

we’d like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You”

for volunteering this Fall.

We wish to recognize your efforts and

ask for you to please join us for our

Winter Volunteer Appreciation Reception,

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

7:00pm

Myers Library

The success of our school functions and special events

is only possible through the

support and participation of our

Eagle parents!

If you have any questions or concerns,

please feel free to contact:

Laurie Freeze LaurieFreeze@sbcglobal.net, 860-1266

Desiree Arenas DesireeArenas_PTA@hotmail.com

The Myers faculty lounge has had older, used microwaves donated by different parties throughout the years.  The staff greatly appreciates this generosity.  However, the lounge was in need of new microwaves.

Thanks to your membership dues and fundraising efforts, PTA has purchased two brand new microwaves for the faculty lounge and a cart to house them. Thank you for help making purchases like this possible.

Two brand new microwaves: $120.

One new microwave cart: $200.

Making sure our children’s educators have a nice warm meal: priceless!

Thank you to everyone who joined the Virginia A. Myers PTA in support of your child’s school!  Your dues help support the PTA budget for the year, and your enrollment made us eligible for membership awards from the Texas PTA.  We have qualified for the Early Bird Award by having 75% of last year’s spring membership total by September 30th, 2009.  We have also qualified for the MARS (Men Are Really Super) Award by having at least 50 male members in our PTA.  Once again, we have qualified for the Golden Apple Award by having 100% of faculty and staff enroll in PTA.   Congratulations to all who made these awards possible.

Our students also receive prizes when you join PTA.  Each child gets a special PTA Membership dog tag for every person who joins on their behalf.

We also had a friendly competition among the classes in each grade level.  The class that had the highest percentage of people join PTA in their grade received a Smencil— a realistically and deliciously scented pencil—for each student, graciously donated by our PTA Vice President of Volunteers Laurie Freeze.  Congratulations to the winning classes:

  • PPCD / ALE:   Hausler – 100%
  • Pre-K:  Garza –33%
  • Kinder:  Ramirez – 67%
  • 1st:  Lara – 86%
  • 2nd:  Benitez – 90%
  • 3rd:  Boehle – 60%
  • 4th:  Kincaid – 62%
  • 5th:  Maroney – 58%

Our main goal was to have 80% membership in each class.  For example, a class with 25 students had a goal of getting at least 20 people to join PTA.  Those classes who accomplished this goal will get to experience a presentation by an exhibition team of Taekwondo Black Belts!

Congratulations to those classes:

  • Arredondo – ALE
  • Benitez – 2nd grade
  • Carrizales – 2nd grade
  • Hausler – PPCD / Pre-K
  • Lara – 1st grade

It’s not too late to join Myers Elementary PTA! Just go to the Join page and fill out the form, then send in your dues with your child. It’s that easy!