Safety Program for Parents of Teens is Launched

December 20, 2004
Thomas S. Wootton High School students, staff, and parents will help launch Montgomery County's “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” program on Tuesday, December 21, at 11:00 a.m. in the Wootton High School media center.

The 11:00 am press conference will bring county agencies together with the parent community and students to pledge support and commitment to the safety and well being of students, parents, and the entire community.

Dianne Ables, Wootton's PTSA president, will welcome Barbara Duncan, wife of the Montgomery County executive, to speak on being a parent of Montgomery County teens and to support the “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” program.

The parent-focused program reflects a partnership among Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control, and other agencies to help reduce teen alcohol use and tragedies associated with teen drinking and drug use. Through this program, parents will learn to safely host teen parties and become aware of the costly consequences of unsafe and illegal parties where alcohol is used or served. A Safe Parties Hotline will be made available to parents.

Rockville City and Montgomery County Police, the Department of Liquor Control, the Department of Highway Safety, Drawing the Line on Underage Alcohol Use, MADD, SADD and the Department of Recreation have joined in this effort with the schools and PTA.

In conjunction with the county program launch, Wootton High School has planned a day-long instructional program on alcohol use prevention, safe driving, and safe walking on December 21 called “Walk Wise, Drive Wise.”

For more information, contact:
Joe Mamana, 301-279-8550
Rita Rumbaugh, 301-279-3041
Kathie Durbin, 240-777-1917

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