The Monroe Times

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Area high school students to attend trauma education event

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Photo supplied The Monroe Clinic and Hospital Foundation will sponsor two Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) programs on Thursday at the Monroe High School Performing Arts Center. Students from seven different schools in Wisconsin and Illinois will be coming to see the performance and learn about the dangers of drinking and driving.
MONROE - The greatest incidence of trauma injury and death occurs between the ages of 15 and 24. To educate young adults on how the decisions they make today can affect everyone around them for many years, the Monroe Clinic and Hospital Foundation is sponsoring two Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) programs Thursday at the Monroe High School Performing Arts Center. Students from area high schools will learn about the consequences of poor decision-making while being empowered to make informed, safe choices.

The 75-minute programs include a dramatization featuring student actors, Monroe Clinic physicians and nurses, Green County emergency medical services, Monroe police officers, the Green County Sheriff, firefighters from several local communities and the Green County coroner. An excerpt from a Green County judge, and the personal stories of individuals directly affected by their own choices, or the choices of others related to alcohol and driving while under the influence, will also be shared.

"This will be the third time we've sponsored this program and it's really grown in popularity. This year we have students coming from seven schools from the surrounding communities in Illinois and Wisconsin and we've added a second program later in the day to accommodate all the schools that want to attend," said Sherrie Volbrecht, coordinator of emergency services and P.A.R.T.Y. program coordinator. "It's an important message and one we hope sticks with students as they grow and become more and more independent. Often times, young adults don't consider the sweeping impact that one bad decision can make. This program shows them the whole process, which can start at a party and end with a trip through the emergency room, rehabilitation center, judicial system and even the coroner's office.

"In our continuing support for this program, our hope is that students will make smart choices. We would like to thank the participants, Monroe High School and the generous donors to the foundation for helping make this program a success," she said.

For more information, visit www.monroeclinic.org/partyprogram/ or contact Volbrecht at (608) 324-1189.

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