First and foremost Congratulations on a job well done! It wasn’t always easy, but as you watch your child walk across that stage we hope you feel that it was always worth it. The time you spent staying involved in your child’s life has made all the difference in the world. Graduation isn’t a time to stop being involved. So as you celebrate your child’s graduation, CASA would like to encourage you and your child to be safe! We want to send this letter to urge you to do all that you can to make it a happy and safe time for your teen.
Before your high school seniors begin their celebrations, take the time to talk with them about keeping events alcohol-free—it just may save a life. It is important to stress to your teens that choices they make can have lasting consequences. A teenager’s brain is still developing, and it is very sensitive to alcohol’s effects on judgment and decision-making. Tragedies can—and do—happen, so underage drinking should not be a part of any end-of-year celebration.
With these dangers, we encourage you to take a few simple steps to ensure a safe and Happy Graduation. Because, that one night of drinking isn’t worth the loss of a life, a scholarship or a job.
*Always know who they’re with
*Communicate your expectations for an alcohol and drug free night
*Know what they’re doing
*Set a curfew
Additionally, it is important to remember that it is wrong to provide alcohol to those under the age of 21, even at a supervised party at your own home. Connecticut is one of many States that has a” Social Host Law”. Which means? That if you choose to host a party where you serve alcohol to those under the age of 21, you can be held liable if one of your guests drinks alcohol and harms themselves or others by driving under the influence
So, as you prepare your teen to embrace the world and all that it has to offer please do it responsibly. This chapter in their lives may be closing but a new one awaits and the possibilities are endless. Let’s make sure we give them every opportunity to achieve these possibilities.
A Safe Graduation and a Safe Summer begin with you! For more information please visit our website www.wolcottcasa.org
CASA is hosting a fundraiser at Zuppa Restaraunt on March 2, 2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
The Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) Coalition aims to reduce substance abuse and promote wellness in Wolcott through collaboration, education, awareness and community action.The Coalition was first formed over twenty years ago due to concerned citizens in town who wanted to protect the youth from risky behavior. The Coalition was restructured in 2010 due to community substance abuse problems and has met monthly since than to reduce and prevent substance use among youth. If you live, learn, work, play, dine or recreate in Wolcott, you are a member of the Coalition. The Coalition meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Wolcott Police Department at 6:30p.m.