Drug free Carroll County to host summit for teens
The Drug Free Carroll County coalition will be hosting its third annual Teen Summit at Bobcat Arena in Berryville on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
This summit is offered to all seventh graders of the county.
"We have many presenters coming our way this year to talk to our county youth about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as promoting health, fitness, and positive decision-making," said Pam Richter, one of the organizers.
"The last two summits were a great success," she said. "We target this age group for the summit based on data received from assessments that are given to students throughout the state."
She said the use of drugs and alcohol among sixth graders in Carroll County is very low. "However, usage among eighth graders in our county exceeds the state average," she said,
"and actually continues exceeding state averages through the remainder of high school.
"These are very concerning figures," she explained, "and we in the coalition want to assist our youth in finding other activities to be involved in, safe and healthy activities that do not put their lives in danger."
In order to host this summit, Richter said organizers are in need a few things.
"In the past many of our banks have donated water bottles for lunch," she said. "Some businesses have provided financial support to offset food expenses. Some have provided food products. Still others have provided volunteers to assist for the day.
"As you are considering if you can assist this effort, please also consider the possibility of becoming involved with the coalition," she suggested. "Our group is very small right now. We could accomplish so much more with larger numbers. We hope that our efforts have an impact on the youth of our county."
Drug Free Carroll County members meet one day per month at noon. For more information or to donate, contact Richter at email@example.com.