On Thursday, March 15th, Sparta Area School District will hold a “Wake Up Call” event from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Meadowview Auditorium. The Wake Up Call is a life-size exhibit of a teen’s bedroom with more than 50 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where teens may hide drugs, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. The goal is to educate parents and other adults who are influential in the lives of youth so they know what seemingly innocent items can actually be an indication of substance abuse. This is an educational opportunity for adults 21 and older only and youth will NOT be allowed into the presentation. A Wake Up Call Event was held in Sparta last spring where groups were able to tour a life-size version of a teen’s bedroom. This event will be held “auditorium –style” where a large number of people will be able to view the presentation all at one time.
This event is part of the Monroe County Safe Community Coalition’s efforts to provide drug prevention education throughout Monroe County. “We’re thrilled to be able bring this event to Monroe County again,” said Natalie Carlisle, Drug Free Communities Coordinator, “Sparta Area School District has been an enthusiastic partner with the Wake Up Call event, which just goes to show how much our community cares about addressing the drug epidemic the impacts our nation, state, and local communities.” This event was funded through a grant from Security Health Plan and is free and open to the public. Other Wake Up Calls will be held in other locations around the county throughout the spring.
For questions regarding the Wake Up Call, please contact Kayleigh Day at Monroe County Health Department, 269-8666.