Last summer, our community was schocked to hear of a 17 year old girl dying in a car accident on her way from a party to another party late one Saturday night. In a rural and small community, it seems that there are limited ways to "have fun." During school most kids play sports, so they tend not to resort to drinking. In the summer, however, drinking and partying are some of the most popular ways to enjoy summer. With the help of my mentor, Valerie Delyea who works for Boise County Community Justice, and co-planner Meleina Massey, who is a fellow student of mine, we will be planning and holding an Alcohol-Awareness Day for the Horseshoe Bend Middle and High school.
This will be a half-day assembly full of interactive things to do, testimonies, facts and a t-shirt contest. Our goal is to hold it a day or two before we are let out for spring break in order to refresh in the students minds the harmful effects and dangers of using alcohol. I have personally seen alchol become such a large part of peoples' lives that they forget who they once were, and what their goals used to be. Many of my friends spend so much time partying, that they begin making horrible decisions and putting themselves in harmful positions.
This event needs to take place in my town. The tragedy that happened to us last summer shouldn't have happened, and it doesn't need to happen again. It broke the hearts of so many, imagine how many more would be broken, and broken twice over. Adolescents deserve to know what they are doing to themselves and exactly what they are risking when they drink.