Public meetings set to discuss, discourage underage drinking

Parents, students and law enforcement are invited to public discussions next month about the important issue of preventing underage drinking. The sessions are particularly timely as the high school prom and graduation season approaches.

Richland School District Two’s “The Project CARE Coalition” and Lexington School District Two’s “Rise Above It Community Coalition” are working together to raise awareness about the dangers of underage drinking. Each organization will each hold a town hall meeting to encourage the conversation between teens and adults and to answer questions from the public.

Javana Lovett, director of Project CARE, said it’s important for parents to not only talk with their children about the risks involved with underage drinking, but also to take steps to persuade them to not consume alcohol.

“Children under the age of 21 are dying each year as a result of underage drinking. Those deaths occur in a variety of ways, including car crashes, suicides, homicides, falls and other injuries sustained while under the influence,” Lovett said. “We need everyone’s help to prevent these tragedies.”

The town hall meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, April 6
6 to 8 p.m.
Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road, Columbia

This event will be streamed live on the Richland Two website; people can submit questions to #R2CARES on Twitter. Registration is open online.

Thursday, April 14
6 to 8 p.m.
Brookland-Cayce High School, 1300 State St., Cayce

Project CARE and Rise Above It are funded by a grant from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program in Washington, D.C.

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