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Play It Safe Alcohol-Free

Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Anne Arundel County Public Schools Encourage Parents to Speak to Graduating High School Seniors About Alcohol Use

Students graduatingProms and graduations are important events in the lives of graduating high school seniors. Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Anne Arundel County Public Schools encourage youth to participate in senior events that are safe and alcohol-free. Parents are encouraged to speak to their graduating seniors concerning the dangers of underage drinking, including the health, family and legal consequences of use. Graduating seniors received a brochure explaining the Play It Safe project, a nationally-recognized drug and alcohol abuse prevention program developed for graduates who celebrate the end of high school in Ocean City, Maryland. This project includes public awareness, education and alternative activities for the purpose of encouraging youth to make safe and responsible choices during the celebration of this exciting milestone in their lives. Some of the alcohol-free events being held in Ocean City during senior week include laser tag, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, moonlight bowling, volleyball tournaments, miniature golf and karaoke. More information about the Play It Safe Project is at www.playitsafeoceancity.com.

For information on how to speak to your teenager about alcohol, visit The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ website at www.drugfree.org.

For more information, contact Heather Eshleman, Supervisor, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Services, Anne Arundel County Department of Health, at 410-222-6724 or hdeshl00@aacounty.org.