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Friday, November 12, 2010

Don't Be a Turkey!

The Students R HEROES, peer education group, will provide a 2-day event for alcohol & drug education and prevention to emphasize the importance of making healthy, responsible choices during hunting season, the upcoming holidays and semester final exam time. The first day will include games and activities, such as golf cart driving and paint ball target shoot, while wearing drunk-driving goggles. The second day will provide additional activities to emphasize the Great American Smoke Out, as well as making safe and healthy choices.

A massage therapist will give free neck and shoulder massages. Various groups and agencies will participate with displays and informational activities. Some of their topics will include: suicide prevention, domestic violence, child advocacy, self-injury, healthy habits, safe sex and stress management.

Depending on the weather, the activities will be held outside in the Plaza area or within the Plaza and the Library Complex atrium. Free drinks and Tacos-in-a-Bag will be served to the first 90 students and the participating students will receive BAC cards and other informational materials. Local restaurants and grocery stores will provide gifts of Thanksgiving turkeys or meals.

Additionally, a King Turkey and Queen Turkey will be crowned from UACCM faculty/staff. Students will nominate staff and faculty for the honors. The top three males and top three females will be “voted” on by donations from the entire campus. The nominee in each category will be crowned Queen and King Turkey to “rule over the roost.” Funds generated by the coronation event will be divided between The Safe Place, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and CASA of the Tri-Peaks, child advocacy program. The HEROES chose these charities because of the close connection of alcohol/drug abuse and domestic violence and neglect of children.



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