2011-02-10 / Front Page

Youths To Learn Dangers Of Driving

Safe A Life Tour coming to Fulton County
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

In hopes of making an impact on youths within Fulton County’s rural community, several local organizations have banded together in a grass-roots effort to secure funding necessary to share an important antidrinking and driving message with area teens.

Following up on the urging of Robert Roush and Deb Mellott from Fulton County Medical Center, the Fulton County Center for Families has applied for and received state money through the Pennsylvania Attorney

General’s Office to bring the Safe A Life Tour to McConnellsburg High School.

According to Debbie Hiller, family support coordinator and prevention specialist with the Center for Families, notification was received Friday that the money is available for 11th- and 12th-grade students from the Central Fulton, Forbes Road and Southern Fulton school districts to participate in the special, one-day-only event scheduled for Wednesday, February 16.

Cost for the national high-impact alcohol awareness program is $5,000 for a six-hour show, said Hiller. Organizers are hopeful money will continue to be available in the future in order for the Save A Life Tour (SALT) to be rotated between the schools and expanded to include all middle and high school students.

With winter hopefully coming to an end soon and prom season rapidly approaching, Hiller noted all three school districts were quick to jump on board with offering SALT to their student bodies.

“We want to hit the kids who will be impacted the most,” said Hiller. “ ... Why miss an opportunity to send an important and positive message.”

During the two assemblies, students will be divided into groups to participate in preven- tion activities with Hiller and a “shock jock” style drinking and driving simulator. Presenters from SALT are also scheduled to offer high-intensity video presentations on large screen monitors and a display casket.

Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol L. Van Horn is tentatively scheduled to make a guest appearance during SALT, and officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, Mc- Connellsburg barracks, and Fulton County Services For Children have also been issued an open invitation to attend the February 16 event that gets under way at 9 a.m. for Forbes Road and Central Fulton students. The assembly for Southern Fulton students will begin at 12:15 p.m.

In addition to guest attendees, Hiller is encouraging interested parents and members of the community to witness SALT first-hand. Adults can register or obtain additional information on SALT and the upcoming presentation by contacting Hiller at the Fulton County Center For Family at 717-485-5038.

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