2010-12-29 / Public Record

Teen Drinking Target Of Grant Money

Fulton County’s program to curb the underage consumption of alcoholic beverages will continue in 2011, with $2,500 in grant funding from the State of Ohio.

The money will go to the county’s ongoing “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most campaign,” aimed at curbing parties where adults provide alcohol to teens.

Those behind the campaign say their efforts have been successful.

“’Parents Who Host, Lose The Most’ has been a great campaign,” said Karen Pennington, coordinator of the Fulton County Family & Children First Council.

“We have had great parental response from this campaign. Our law enforcement officers have worked well with us to increase enforcement of Ohio’s underage drinking laws, and we have seen underage drinking levels drop.

“The Fulton County Family and Children First Council is very pleased to be receiving this grant to help in our continuing effort.” Utilized

Keith Torbet, Wauseon police chief, said the grant funding “will be utilized to step up patrols during prom and graduation season.

“The Wauseon Police Department, as well as all of the county law enforcement agencies, are committed to safety of our roadways. The use of this grant will allow for increased awareness as well as increase visual presence on the roadways.

“If only one life is saved from our efforts, it is worth it.”

The campaign is a collaborative effort involving several Fulton County organizations, including all seven school districts, business owners, and village and county governments. Funding

The grant money comes from the Drug-Free Action Alliance, a program of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.

The money will flow through the county Family & Children First Council to Healthy Choices Caring Communities. Healthy Choices Caring Communities is an initiative of the council.

It was formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug- Free Fulton County.

Fulton County has been the site of the “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most” campaign since spring 2008.

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