The Community Prevention Council is co-sponsoring a community event to bring awareness to the problem of underage drinking 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 3 at the Payson High School gymnasium, 301 S. McLane in Payson. Admission is free.
The Fool’s Day Fun celebration is designed to educate families with elementary and middle school-aged children about the dangers of under-age drinking. Festivities will include games, contests and prizes. There will be many educational resources available to families free of charge.
There will be free food, giveaways, face painting booths and other activities throughout the afternoon. Later in the day, winners of the fourth-grade poster contest and the fifth-grade essay contest will be announced. The grand prize will be awarded at the event’s conclusion.
This is an annual event, which last year drew an attendance of more than 250.
The “Fool’s Day Fun” event is co-sponsored by the Community Prevention Council, Southwest Behavioral Health Services, Payson Police Department and additional community groups.
SBH Rim Guidance Center’s Debra Shewey, director of Children’s and Crisis Services, who oversees the Fool’s Day Fun program says, “We know that parents who start an early dialogue with their children about drinking and drugs have a much higher success rate in avoiding these behaviors during their tumultuous teen years. It’s never too soon to teach your children to say ‘no,’ and it’s much harder to address these issues with teens who are already subjected to peer pressures.”
“Talk to your children when they are young — that’s the message we’re trying to send to parents through this fun, spirited community event.”