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Grim Reality Day broadens focus to mental health

On May 7, Teen Awareness Group put together “Grim Reality Day,” shifting the focus from just drunk driving, like the club has done in the past, to all substance abuse and mental health awareness like depression and suicide.

Remy Teltser ’21 and Molly Gold ’21, Features Editor and News Editor

June 3, 2019

TAG hosts its 15th annual Grim Reaper Day

Siri Kanter ’20, Associate Managing Editor

May 12, 2019

The Teen Awareness Group hosted its 15th annual Grim Reality Day on May 7. The day has previously focused on the dangers of drinking and driving, but this year it also emphasized mental health. The Teen Awareness Group is an organization dedicated to helping students navigate the pressures of high sch...

Grim reality day captivates with powerful message

Grim reality day captivates with powerful message

Hannah Bolandian '19 and Maddie Phelps '19

May 9, 2019


New T.A.G. leadership announced with the departure of the senior class

New T.A.G. leadership announced with the departure of the senior class

May 26, 2017

By Nicole Dienst '18 As the heavy workload of students decreases and the seniors depart for their internships, the school year is coming to an end, along with the past leadership of the Staples club, Teen Awareness Group. For the remainder of the school year and the 2017-2018 school year, the new executive...

Westport community comes together for Dodge-a-Cop

Westport community comes together for Dodge-a-Cop

December 3, 2016

By: Jonathan Kaner Over 150 students filled the fieldhouse for TAG and Westport Youth Commission's annual Dodge-a-Cop event on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Twenty-eight teams consisting of five students and one Westport police officer competed in the dodgeball tournament. The games were a best-two-out-of-three scenario in a d...

Teen Awareness Group breaks tradition for this year’s Grim Reaper Day

Teen Awareness Group breaks tradition for this year's Grim Reaper Day

Katelyn DeAgro, Business Manager

May 5, 2016

The Teen Awareness Group (TAG) will put on their 13th annual Grim Reaper Day on May 12 to inform students of the dangers of driving under the influence; though this year, it will look a bit different. In the past, the most noticeable trademark of Grim Reaper Day was the dozens of students made up...

Opioid epidemic wounds the country

Opioid epidemic wounds the country

Maialie Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer

March 5, 2016

Connecticut’s opioid epidemic has increased exponentially in the past year and has especially harmed Weston, CT recently, a town close to home. Opioids are drugs used to combat severe pain, and unless used properly can result in grave consequences such as death.  The three most commonly abused opioi...

Dodging cops in memory of Chris Lemone

Dodging cops in memory of Chris Lemone

Ashton Dedona, Staff Writer

December 3, 2015

Staples’ annual Dodge a Cop Tournament has been a tradition for students and police officers  from the Fairfield County area since 2011. On Nov. 24, 2015, the fifth annual tournament, students gathered in the Staples field house with more than just winning on their minds, but the memory of friend an...

Distracted driving simulations encourage smart decisions among students

Westport Police Officer Ned Batlin prepares Claire Lonergan '17 for her drive through a course in a golf cart while wearing goggles that simulate the vision of a person after 2 to 6 beers. Photo by Jane Levy.

Casey Lu, Staff Writer

October 24, 2015

Staples’ Teen Awareness Group (TAG), the Westport Youth Commission and the Westport Police Department teamed up on Oct. 16 to host the Distracted Driving event, which is in its second year. The intent of the event was to provide a safe setting to positively impact student decisions by displayi...

Staples says goodbye to a beloved hero

Staples says goodbye to a beloved hero

Claire Dinshaw, Red Staff News Editor

October 20, 2015

Chris Lemone, a valued member of the Staples community and the Human Services Department’s student outreach counselor for 17 years, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 18 of an alleged heart attack, according to Dan Woog’s blog, 06880. He was 49 years old. “He was a great guy,” assistant principal...

Striking fear in teens

Striking fear in teens

Alix Sommers, Assistant Business Manager

May 18, 2015

In an effort to raise awareness of drunk driving, the Teen Awareness Group (TAG) plans a day every year dedicated to reinforcing the deadly truth about driving under the influence. While it’s important for teenagers to realize that making one decision about drinking and driving can impact their...

Teen Awareness Group implements new approach to Grim Reaper Day

Candles and flower memorials stand outside the Staples Cafeteria to respect and remember those killed and impacted by accidents of drunk driving.

Emma Berry, Staff Writer

May 11, 2015

For the past twelve years the Staples Teen Awareness Group (TAG) has organized Grim Reaper Day, a day-long event aimed at educating students on the dangers and consequences of drunk driving. This year, the elected Executive Committee, Board of Directors, TAG student members and group advisor, Chris Lemone, took a slightly different ap...

TAG enters Celebrate My Drive competition

Photo Credit: Celebrate My Drive Website/Organization.

Jackie Sussman, Assistant Business Manager

October 17, 2014

The Staples Teen Awareness Group (TAG) has entered the Celebrate My Drive Competition sponsored by State Farm, active October 15-24, to raise awareness for the dangers of texting and driving. Prizes include the possibility to win 1 of 90 $25,000 grants, 1 of 10 $100,000 grants, and 1 of 2 concerts with The Band ...

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