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Lake Placid School encourages teens to be safe

LAKE PLACID - Again this year, Trooper Butzer will be making special presentations at Lake Placid School to discuss the dangers of driving. This year the focus of Arrive Alive week (May 4-8) will be Drowsy Driving. During the week all students will be exposed to messages designed to help keep them safe and make good decisions whenever they are in a car. T-shirts and carabineer key chains will be given out during the week. These items were purchased from National Office for Youth Safety money awarded for the program last year.

Underage drinking is the nation's number one youth drug problem, killing six and a half times more young people than do all other illicit drugs combined. Heavy drinking is especially dangerous for teenagers whose brains are still developing, and alcohol-related damage incurred at a young age can have long term effects. A recent study by the National Institute of Health suggests the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully formed until age 25. Many people believe underage drinking is an inevitable "rite of passage" that adolescents can easily recover from because their bodies are more resilient, but the opposite is true.

To help ensure the safety of students during prom season the school is again hosting an After the Prom party at the middle/high school Saturday, May 16. This event provides an opportunity to build strong community support and raise everyone's awareness concerning high risk issues for young people. The committee invites the community to partner in this project by donating door prizes, food, money, etc.

Tina Clark, student support counselor and party coordinator said, "The All Nighter is a chance to give our young people a wonderful memory, keep them alive, build a tradition and provide them a stress-free alternative. They don't have to make a decision to drink or not to drink; there is no - and no chance to lose face. Everyone has a party to attend and celebrate together. No one is left out. Parents will know where their children are, what they are doing, and that they are safe while having the time of their lives."

For more information or to donate, contact Clark at 523-2474, ext. 4023 or by e-mail at tclark@lakeplacidcsd.net.

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