JOHNSBURG - Under the umbrella of the Warren County Council for Prevention, Sticker Shock is a program that has been developed to prevent the hosting of underage parties and Johnsburg Central School (JCS) students have climbed on-board.
Recently, a group of JCS students visited local alcohol vendors including Stewart's and the Price Chopper in Queensbury boasting stickers that read, "Parents who host lose the most". Their goal was to raise awareness of the negative effects of underage parties and underage drinking.
"The students were so enthusiastic," said Wolfe. "I was surprised at how willing they were to participate."
Students in grades 9-12 volunteered to be part of the program and are interested in continuing with other projects.
"The Johnsburg students are very active," said Amanda West, prevention educator for the Warren County Council for Prevention. "We are looking to continue their work with prevention programs throughout the summer by using some life skills activities." It was a varied group of students, according to Wolfe and this was their first Sticker Shock event. It was conveniently organized around prom-time in order to encourage local teens to stay safe while having fun.
Cory Gazaille was one of the JCS students who attended the event and has been personally affected by underage drinking.
"I think it is really important to raise awareness," he said. "I know kids who have been hurt by this problem and I want to prevent it from happening even more."