The Worcester County Health Department is partnering with Stephen Decatur High School and the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club to hold an informational meeting for parents, youth, and concerned citizens to discuss the issue of underage binge-drinking and its prevention. This is being described as a Town Hall Meeting. Data will be reviewed; a video will be shown about hosting parties at home; resource information will be shared; and an opportunity for open discussion will be provided. A light meal will be served.
WHEN: Monday, May 5, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Stephen Decatur High School Cafeteria
WHO: Parents, youth, and community stakeholders are invited to attend. This is being coordinated by the Worcester County Health Department and Worcester County Public Schools - including Stephen Decatur High School and their SADD Club in cooperation with the SPF (Strategic Prevention Framework) Process Team (a sub-committee of the Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council).
WHY: Maryland statistics show that the percentage of adult binge-drinkers in Worcester County ranks third in the state; therefore, it is imperative that we educate our youth and our parents before dangerous habits start! A strategic plan has been developed to address these concerns; however, it was felt that the parents, youth, and the community should be informed and involved in developing solutions. With prom, graduation, and summer season break looming, it is a good time to raise awareness and engage stakeholders in order to prevent the negative consequences that can result from underage youth using and over consuming alcohol.
Note: If you can confirm your attendance, that would be helpful. I may be able to reserve seats in the front row for ease of coverage.
Barbara Witherow, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs
Worcester County Public Schools
6270 Worcester Highway
Newark, Maryland 21841
School System Web site: www.worcesterk12.com