Ti parents asked to take pledge

TICONDEROGA Randy Bevins spent hours at Ticonderoga Middle School recently, asking each parent entering the building to join the Safe Homes program. Its a good and important program, he said. Anything that helps make our kids safer is a good thing. The timing seemed right. Bevins effort came Oct. 20 during parent-teacher conferences three days after a Putnam teen was sentenced to prison for first-degree vehicular manslaughter; two days after two Chilson parents were arrested for allegedly giving alcohol to teens, two of whom were hospitalized. The Safe Homes program is an initiative of Connecting Youth and Communities. Safe Homes is a parent networking campaign which recognizes that the most effective way to stop a child from using alcohol or other drugs is to stop his or her friends from using them, too, said Bevins, a Ticonderoga police officer and member of Connecting Youth and Communities. When parents join together and make a united stand against substance abuse they become more effective than if they acted only by themselves, Bevins said. Parents can help each other stand against pressure from parents who do not set the same limits on their childrens behavior. Parents who join the Safe Homes program agree to a number of conditions primarily that they will not provide or allow the use of alcohol or other drugs in their home by under-age people. Parents in the program also agree to support local law enforcement agencies and school policies that deal with substance abuse. A list of Safe Home participants is kept on file at the Ticonderoga Police Department. If a parent has a concern about a home his or her child may visit, they can call the Ti PD at 585-2205 to see if the parents are members of the Safe Home program. The program also provides safety information for parents and teens. For more information on the Safe Homes program call Bevins at 585-6934, Kristi mars at 585-6366 or Marge Hurlburt at 585-7709.

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