Annual Fool’S Day Fun Event Well Attended

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Approximately 200 children and families attended the April 11 Fool’s Day Fun-Stop Underage Drinking event.

Sponsored by the Community Prevention Council in Payson the event encourages parents to “Start talking before they start drinking.”

The primary purpose is to combat underage drinking and to educate parents, youth, and others on the issue of alcohol abuse.

Participants were involved in an assortment of games, raffles and activities promoting education and family communication involving the serious consequences of underage drinking.

The Community Prevention Council presents the April Fool’s Fun Day with the belief that, “We can protect our children from the risks associated with drinking by maintaining open communication and expressing a clear, consistent message about alcohol. Building a close relationship with our kids will make it easier for them to come to us for help in making decisions that impact their health and well-being.”

The activities included game booths hosted by 15 community businesses and associations, puppet shows, the Code Blue Band, food, drinks and cotton candy, and many prizes donated by local businesses to include the grand prize of a Compaq Laptop computer that was won by Autumn Ernst.

The Fool’s Day Fun also sponsored an essay and poster contest for the local elementary students.

First-place winners received a $50 gift certificate to Walmart and the second- and third-place winners all received $25 gift certificates. The winners for the poster contest were Aria Smith, third place; Chelsea Reffner, second place; and Dillon Roll, first place. The essay contest winners were Bethany Blanchard, third; Merlyn York, second; and Kandace Baez, first.

The Community Prevention Council meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

The council addresses high-risk behaviors in our community to include underage drinking and prescription drug abuse. The council completed a community opinion survey in 2008 to identify problems in our community.

It will again sponsor a summer youth leadership program for youth 13 to 18 years of age. The program was very successful last year.

To learn more, contact Debra Shewey at (928) 595-1199.

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