To bring awareness to the growing problem of underage drinking and drug use in the community, the Community Prevention Council is co-sponsoring the fifth annual Fool’s Day Fun event, Saturday, April 3.
The event features games, contests and prizes aimed at educating children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol in a fun, interactive way.
Nanci Stone, vice president of Rim Guidance Center, said Rim Guidance is currently treating 186 children for alcohol, drug or behavioral issues. This is a 24 percent increase over 2009.
“There is the misconception that kids don’t start (using drugs or alcohol) early,” she said.
“But I have seen a child with alcoholism at age 5.”
“The thought behind this event is to educate children and families on the negative impacts of underage drinking and drug use in a way that is non-threatening and easy to understand.”
Several businesses have donated prizes including restaurant and salon gift certificates and the Tonto Apache Tribe has generously sponsored the event. DJ Craig will provide music, free food will be served and various non-profits will have booths with activities.
The Fool’s Day Fun event runs from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday at the Payson High School gym, 301 S. McLane Road. Admission is free.