Fun Day — Serious Problem

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The Community Prevention Council hopes to promote better communication between parents and their children at the Fool’s Day Fun event April 7 at the gym of Julia Randall Elementary School.

The Community Prevention Council presents the event in cooperation with Southwest Behavioral Health, the Payson Police Department and a number of local organizations.

This year’s theme is “Alcohol and Drugs Destroy Families,” with a focus on underage drinking and drug abuse. This year’s festivities take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Fourth- and fifth-graders have already submitted entries in an essay and poster contest, with awards announced throughout the day.

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

Educational resources are available to families and all activities are free of charge.

“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,” said Debra Shewey, Community Prevention Council chairperson.

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