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Parents invited to drug ed program in Geneva

Life-size bedroom shows where teens hide drugs, booze

GENEVA  – Kane County adults are invited to a free program about students’ use of drugs and alcohol from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22 at Geneva High School 416 McKinley Ave., Geneva, in the auditorium, Geneva District 304 officials announced in a news release.

Your Choice to Live Inc., will present "Wake Up Call," a life-sized exhibit of a teen's bedroom with more than 20 red flags that can signal drug or alcohol use.

A resource fair with local support services will follow this presentation, so families can seek the information and assistance they need.

Participants include Anchorpoint, an adolescent consultant group; Gateway Foundation; Geneva Police; National Alliance on Mental Illness – Kane, DeKalb and Kendall Counties; Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health Services; Rosecrance Health Network; Stenzel Clinical Services and Wellness Within of Fox Valley, according to the release.

“Student vaping, among other substances, continues to be on the rise,” Geneva High School Principal Tom Rogers stated in the release. “This is not just a national issue; it’s a Geneva issue. The only way to combat this trend is by opening up an honest dialogue with our parents and community. GHS staff will be on hand after the presentation to share with parents what we are seeing and managing in our schools.”

This event is free to the public because of the underwriting support of the Kane County Juvenile Justice Council. The event is not limited to District 304 residents, all adults age 21 and older are welcome.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, who also serves as chairman of the Juvenile Justice Council, stated in the release that substance use puts kids at risk for entering the criminal justice system.

“Our goal is to keep them out of the system and to keep them safe," McMahon stated in the release. “We believe this event will help provide parents with necessary tools to guide their kids toward good decisions about substance use, and also educate parents about how to better monitor their kids’ activities, especially at home. … We are thrilled to be partnering with the Geneva School District 304 to get this message out.”

For questions about "Wake Up Call," email or call Julia Schick at schickjulia@co.kane.il.us or 224-242-4940 or email yourchoice.live@yahoo.com.

Geneva High School's Little Vikings Preschool and Operation Snowball will provide free childcare for children ages 3 through 13 for families attending this event, according to the release.

Register for the program and for free childcare online at www.geneva304.org. The deadline to register for childcare is Jan. 18.

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