RI Student Assistance Services (RISAS) headquartered in Warwick in cooperation with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) at Burrillville High School and The Burrillville Prevention Action Coalition (B-PAC) will tackle the issue of impaired and distracted driving during its annual pre-prom preventive safety dinner on April 6, 2011 at 6PM. The featured guest speaker is Despina Metakos Harris, Highway Safety Coordinator for the RI Department of Transportation who will speak to the students about this critical safety concern.
“This annual dinner has historically provided an ideal platform for getting out vital safety messages to juniors and seniors during prom season,” said Janet McLinden, Student Assistance Counselor and co-advisor for SADD at Burrillville High School who has been instrumental in pre-prom dinners for over eighteen years. “Between students and parents, we expect nearly two hundred attendees.”
The evening includes the presentation, an opportunity for questions and answers, plus a pizza and salad dinner for students and parents. The night will culminate with a raffle of prom-related prizes such as limos, tuxes, corsage, boutonnières, and hairstyling donated from many community businesses. Students who attend with a parent receive a $5 discount on their prom ticket.
“The pre-prom dinner at Burrillville High School is a timely event as April is also Alcohol Awareness Month,” said Judy Chick, LICSW, Program Director for RI Student Assistance Services. “It’s our mission to maintain an open dialogue to prevent student celebrations, such as prom and graduation, from turning dangerous.”
For information on attending the pre-prom dinner, contact Janet McLinden at mclindenj@bsd-
About RI Student Assistance Services (RISAS)
RISAS currently has a student assistance counselor embedded in 52 secondary schools and serves 5,600 students. For more information, visit http://www.risas.org/
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Established in 1985, RIEAP, Inc. is comprised of two divisions, RI Employee Assistance Services (RIEAS) and RI Student Assistance Services (RISAS). Its mission is delivering services that help employees, family members and students with critical issues.