Teen drinking campaign receives grant 01.26.2011

Written by David Green.

The Fulton County Family and Children First Council is one of 17 recipients in Ohio to receive a $2,500 “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most” grant for 2011.

The grant was written by the Family & Children First Council on behalf of its committee, Healthy Choices Caring Communities.

Karen Pennington, Fulton County Family and Children First Council Coordinator, praises the program.

“We have had great parental response from this campaign,” Pennington said. “Our law enforcement officers have worked well with us to increase enforcement of Ohio’s Underage Drinking Laws and we have really seen underage drinking levels drop.”

The Drug Action Alliance funding for 2011 will be used to provide extra law enforcement in the county during prom and graduation season. The Parents Who Host Lose the Most media campaign will be carried out through youth and adult volunteers with partial funding by the Drug Free Communities Grant for some supplies and coalition staff effort.

The campaign is a collaborative effort involving many Fulton County partners including all seven school districts, business owners, WMTR radio, village and county governments which sign proclamations, and many parent and youth volunteers.

The Parents Who Host, Lose the Most campaign is a county-wide event with many opportunities to get involved and volunteer. For more information, contact Lou Moody at 419/337-0915 or at HC3Partnership@gmail.com.

Healthy Choices Caring Communities is a group of community members working together to prevent and reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs by Fulton County youths.

To become a member, or for more information, contact Lou Moody, Project Director, at 419/337-0915 or at HC3Partnership@gmail.com.

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