LEMON GROVE ACADEMY HOSTS FIRST UNDERAGE DRINKING FORUM ON MARCH 21

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March 18, 2013 (Lemon Grove) -- Lemon Grove Academy hosts its first Underage Drinking Forum for parents and students. Phil Hubbs, from the Proactive Network Against Substance Abuse (PRONASA), will be presenting information to parents about current drug and alcohol trends among youth. Additional speakers include: M.A.D.D., Friday Night Live, Lemon Grove Academy parents and students.

Students will participate in break-out sessions with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) and Friday Night Live to learn about the dangers of drugs and underage drinking. Families are invited to arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a complimentary dinner before presentations begin. The event will be held at the Lemon Grove Academy, 7866 Lincoln Street, on Thursday, March 21 with dinner at 5:30 and presentations from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

        

Underage drinking is a serious problem. Twenty-eight percent of 5th graders in the Lemon Grove School District report having had at least a sip or two of alcohol at least once. Thirty-eight percent of 7th graders say they have had at least one whole drink of alcohol in their lives. Of those who drank, 34 percent report having had their first full drink of alcohol before age 13, according to the California Healthy Kids Survey.

This event will provide parents with information and resources to better address the topic of drug use and underage drinking with their kids. Parents will better understand the risks, trends and ways to talk to their kids about drug and alcohol use, as well as ways they can set a positive example for their kids and create a safe environment at home. Students will learn the dangers of drug use and underage drinking and the importance of making healthy choices.

Experts say that education, open dialogue with families and community-based policies are critical to help students avoid and overcome the hazards associated with alcohol and drugs.

For more information, go to: http://www.lgsd.k12.ca.us/Domain/14, or call: (619) 825-5628.