The New Year’s Eve party organized by the Fairview Community Foundation was a step in the right direction this past week.
The night featured an alcohol-free setting where high school students could enjoy dancing to DJ music, eat pizza and even maybe win a door prize.
About 80 young people from throughout the county attended. Although we need more of them coming to such a positive activity, 80 is a good start for the first-time celebration.
I hope that the Fairview Community Foundation understands the importance of such an event and continues to fund the social. In addition, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for some other community minded organizations to think about donating funds in order to make the event even more appealing.
As we enter 2019, we must remember that the amount of underage drinking in our area doesn’t seem to be decreasing. It’s upsetting that alcohol and teens together seem to be more acceptable as time goes by. Remember that drunk driving kills about 4,000 teens each year and individuals who start drinking as a teen puts you at a higher risk to become addicted to alcohol at some point of your life.
We as a community should make a statement that alcohol and kids don’t mix. Dances such as the one held on New Year’s Eve was a good start, and we should make sure to continue the campaign throughout 2019.