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Weld County Prevention Partners to fund Safe Prom Initiative at 6 high schools

Trevor Reid
treid@greeleytribune.com

Weld County Prevention Partners will fund alcohol-free after-prom parties for six high schools in Weld County.

A program of North Range Behavioral Health, Weld County Prevention Partners will give schools marketing materials to promote a safe and alcohol-free prom night, according to a release from the coalition. The schools receiving funds and materials for the Safe Prom Initiative include Windsor High School, Eaton High School, Jefferson High School, Platte Valley High School in Kersey, Valley High School in Gilcrest and Frederick High School.

"Weld County has one of the highest rates of alcohol use by underage youths in the state," Nomie Ketterling, coordinator for Weld County Prevention Partners, said in the release. "That's why it's so important for parents, educators and other concerned citizens to help our youth understand the dangers of using alcohol, as well as marijuana."

According to the 2012 Health Kids Colorado Survey, more than 22 percent of all Weld high school students reported binge drinking on one or more days during the past month. For 12th-grade students, that percentage was higher, at 42 percent.

“Weld County has one of the highest rates of alcohol use by underage youths in the state. That’s why it’s so important for parents, educators and other concerned citizens to help our youth understand the dangers of using alcohol, as well as marijuana.

— Nomie Ketterling, coordinator for Weld County Prevention Partners

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Prom tickets at the schools in the Safe Prom Initiative will be given to students inside an envelope with a message warning students about the dangers of underage drinking and marijuana use.

Weld County Prevention Partners is a coalition of parents, health care and social services professionals, community leaders, educators, business owners, volunteers and concerned residents. For more information about the coalition, call (970) 313-1159.