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Drinking study reveals hard facts

Some Shen students enjoying festivities at an After Prom Party hosted by CAPTAIN. The parties have been a tradition for 28 years, and are billed as a safe way for students to celebrate. A survey from the Shenendehowa Community Coalition has revealed trends in drinking amongst students above the national average. Photo submitted.

Some Shen students enjoying festivities at an After Prom Party hosted by CAPTAIN. The parties have been a tradition for 28 years, and are billed as a safe way for students to celebrate. A survey from the Shenendehowa Community Coalition has revealed trends in drinking amongst students above the national average. Photo submitted.

— “Know that you can go somewhere where there’s going to be people who are going to be having fun and who are going to be safe,” Gilpin said as a message to kids thinking about attending the party.

The Shenendehowa Community Coalition was established in 2006operates under the larger organization of The Substance Abuse Prevention Council, widely known as The Prevention Council in Saratoga Springs. Their mission is to reduce and prevent risky behaviors among youth such as substance abuse by forming community partnerships.

The coalition is made up of 50 members and includes personnel from the Shenendehowa Central School District, parents, business owners, students and CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, among others. Similar coalitions also exist for Saratoga and are also being formed in Galway and South Glens Falls.

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