Help create a community where all youth are valued, celebrated and empowered for living healthy,
substance-abuse free lives.
SAFE DRIVING, SAFE CELEBRATIONS—SPRING CAMPAIGN
Arrive Alive Event | Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 8:10 am to 2:55 pm. The HERO Coalition and Waconia Public Schools are pleased to present this year’s Award Winning Arrive Alive Tour as part of our annual Safe Celebrations, Safe Driving—Spring Campaign.
Arrive Alive uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving and intoxicated driving. The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of distracted and impaired driving in a controlled environment.
Nearly one-third of all traffic deaths involve alcohol-impaired drivers. In 2014, the highest percentage of drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes were in the age range of 21 to 24.
Talk with your kids about the risks of using alcohol and other substances.
Talk with your kids. Science shows that a person’s brain is in a critical period of development well into their 20th year. Kids who know their parents disapprove of underage use are 5 times less likely to experiment and are more likely to be aware of the harm that substance use has on the brain.
2017 Super-Samaritan Award goes-to Rick Carlson!
Rick Carlson of Carlson’s Llovable Llamas goes above and beyond to provide a meaningful experience for the youth in our community. Rick leads the most popular and successful 4-H llama program in Minnesota—some say his program is one of the top 3 in the U.S.! We presented Rick with the HERO Super Samaritan Award Saturday evening, August 12th at the Carver County Fair.
We’re here to tell the stories of those who are making a difference in our world.
MYTH or FACT?
Most of our youth do not use alcohol and drugs…
FACT: Most kids do not use. However, according to a 2013, 11th grade survey, Waconia students use nearly 5 percent more alcohol, marijuana and tobacco than the state average.
Alcohol tax covers the economic costs associated with alcohol in Minnesota…
MYTH: MN Tax does not cover the cost. In 2011, the State Dept. of Health estimated costs associated with alcohol at over $5.06 billion per year. Tax revenues collected from alcohol sales? Around $296 million per year.
“If we provide the scaffolding, students will have the opportunity to be successful”
~Maureen Farrell, District 110 Drug Free Communities Grants Coordinator
- Get involved by… Improving your community!
- Serve on a neighborhood association
- Write to an elected official
- Vote in an upcoming election
- Get involved by… Promoting knowledge!
- Tutor a fellow classmate
- Read to a younger sibling
- Teach a class
- Get involved by… Promoting sustainable practices!
- Join a community garden
- Learn how to compost
- Recycle at home and in school
- Get involved by… Striving to make the world a kindler, gentler place!
- Join Rotary Interact, International Club, Conservation Club…
- Engage in service-learning
- Encourage teachers to use dialogue circles in the classroom
- Get involved by… Promoting physical and mental well-being!
- Participate in an after-school sport
- Launch a “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” campaign at your school
- Develop a meal plan with your family
- Get involved by… Celebrating differences!
- Launch a Gay-Straight Alliance at your school
- Participate in an Anti-Bullying Campaign
- Ask classmates to take the “Tolerance Pledge”