Fool’S Day Fun Event Saturday Brings Attention To Teen Drinking

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Community Prevention Council is sponsoring its annual Fool’s Day Fun event, in cooperation with Southwest Behavioral Health, the Payson Police Department, and other community organizations and businesses.

This free, annual event brings awareness to the problem of underage drinking and drug abuse. This year’s festivities will take place Saturday, April 2, at the Payson High School gym, 301 S. McLane, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Fool’s Day Fun — “Start Talking Before They Start Drinking” event is targeted to help families with elementary and middle school-aged children to educate their children about the dangers of underage drinking. 

Festivities will include games, contests and prizes. There will be more than 20 booths sponsored by local businesses and community organizations, including free refreshments, giveaways, face painting booths throughout the afternoon.

There will be educational resources available to families free of charge.

According to Debra Shewey, Community Prevention Council chairperson, “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.”

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