MADD presents pre-prom assembly

On April 24, Adrianna Farmer and Robin Cullen, Program Coordinators for the Connecticut Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) presented a pre-prom assembly program for Lauralton Hall juniors and seniors. “Is It Worth It?” highlighted the dangers of underage drinking and the importance of responsible decision-making.

“68% of underage drinking fatalities do NOT involve a motor vehicle,” said Ms. Farmer. “Our goal is to provide students with the tools they need to make life-saving choices. Studies have found that early onset of drinking is a leading risk factor for later alcohol-related problems such as drunk driving,” continues Farmer. “On a national level, the average age at which children begin to experiment with alcohol is 13 years old, yet in Connecticut the average is even lower at just 11 years-old! In order to preserve the precious lives of students across Connecticut, MADD has interwoven impactful messages from victims and survivors of alcohol-related crashes with facts and education to help students make responsible decisions for their futures.”

“Is It Worth It?” focused on critical issues such as dispelling the myths surrounding underage drinking, explaining how and why underage drinking is harmful and encouraging students to obey the 21 minimum drinking age to keep themselves and others free of harm. The speakers were introduced by sophomore Anne Prusak, a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club.

Health Department Chair and Co-Moderator of SADD Peggy McGowan said, “Is It Worth It” is one of several student-led activities that were held at Lauralton during prom week where students showed their classmates that they care, and want them to have fun and stay safe.”

 

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