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“Toon In to Safe Night” will be the theme for this year’s Safe Night Washington County program. This is the 10th year for the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition to sponsor a night where young people can come to have fun in a safe place with no weapons, no arguments, no drugs and alcohol.
Safe Night Washington County will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Washington County Elementary School for fourth and fifth graders. The event will run through 9:30 p.m.
While there, youth will hear a motivational speaker, attend three workshops and be treated to food, games, door prizes and activities led by teen volunteers.
Every youth will receive a Safe Night Washington County t-shirt. Workshop emphasis will be on safe ways to have fun, skills for staying alone, wheel safety (ATV’s), internet safety, family time, anger management and bullying and alcohol and tobacco prevention.
Applications for Safe Night Washington County will be distributed to all fourth and fifth grade students in Washington County this week. Additional forms may be picked up from the Washington County Extension Office and local Family Resource/Youth Service Centers.
The cost is $5 for the youth to attend and forms are due to the Washington County Extension Office or to the respective schools by Oct. 23. The first 150 applications submitted will be accepted.
Any parent wishing to volunteer to help on Nov. 15 should make the appropriate notation on their youth’s application form. All adult volunteers must have a completed background check.
As mentioned earlier, Safe Night is being sponsored by the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition which is a youth anti-drug and alcohol coalition. Members of the coalition are from various youth and service organizations in Washington County. The planning committee for Safe Night Washington County is a youth/adult partnership with volunteers representing all areas of the county.
The goals of Safe Night are to:
• Help youth avoid the factors that often lead to acts of violence.
• Build safer neighborhoods
• Encourage communities and individuals to take responsibility for their future.
• Promote community events and activities in safe environments.
• Teach individuals to resolve conflict and manage anger.
• Create local ongoing partnerships for youth and families.