Thanksgiving Eve Is Biggest Drinking Day For Young People
RADAR and Mam'k Schools Advise Extra Care by Parents
by Debbie Manetta, Mamaroneck Schools
(November 20, 2008) The Powder Puff football game between
Mamaroneck High School junior and senior girls on Wednesday, November
26 is an annual tradition experienced by hundreds of high school students
and alums the day before Thanksgiving, just after school has let out for
the holiday. It has also become known as a time when joyous students throw
their hands up in the air and shout in unison, “Let’s Party!”
RADAR encourages parents to be proactive and help their teens plan safe, alcohol- and drug-free get-togethers with their friends. The Mamaroneck School District -- which has worked in tandem with RADAR since its inception -- has stepped up its efforts this year to play a greater role in helping to educate the community about the dangers of underage drinking and drug use and also is encouraging parents to be extra alert during the holiday season.
“We are pleased to work as partners with RADAR in their efforts to educate our children and parents on the issues surrounding drug and alcohol use,” said Mamaroneck Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul R. Fried. “We’re all aware of the many challenges teens today face and want to do everything possible to help keep them from being at risk and provide for their well-being.”
Parents Who Host Lose The Most
In providing the following tips, RADAR reminds parents that it is against the law to provide alcohol to minors or to allow your home to be used for a party, where minors are consuming alcohol. Additionally, RADAR encourages people to report underage drinking parties or establishments known to sell alcohol to minors by calling the Tri-Municipality Hotline anonymously at (914) 381-6103. By reporting underage drinking, a person can play a role in preventing serious and potentially tragic incidents.
District parents are invited to participate in free "Staying Connected with Your Teen" workshops, run by the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center and sponsored by RADAR. The next workshops are scheduled for January. For more information, contact Robbie Seidman at 698-7549 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation, additional workshops will be conducted in Spanish.
If your teenager wants to have a party at your house:
If your teenager wants to go out on in the evening: