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MHS event on making smart choices planned
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MONROE - Monroe Clinic and Hospital Foundation will sponsor the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth student and public programs on Sept. 24 at Monroe High School's Performing Arts Center, 1600 26th St.

The purpose of the event is to show that the greatest incidence of trauma injury and death occurs between the ages of 15 and 24. One way to help reverse the trend is to educate young adults on how the decisions they make today can affect everyone around them for many years.

Attendees will learn about the consequences of poor decision-making, while being empowered to make informed, safe choices.

High school students from Albany, Argyle, Belleville, Black Hawk, Juda, Lena-Winslow, Monroe, Monticello, New Glarus, Orangeville, Pecatonica, Ill. and Pearl City, Ill. districts will attend a day-time showing of the P.A.R.T.Y. program. The 60-minute dramatization features student actors, Monroe Clinic doctors and nurses, Green County emergency medical services, Monroe police officers, the Green County sheriff, community firefighters and the Green County coroner. The program will conclude with an excerpt from a Green County Judge, and the personal stories of individuals directly affected by their own choices, or the choices of others related to alcohol and driving while under the influence.

A special event for the community will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Monroe High School. A panel of experts comprised of an emergency department doctor and nurse, Green County coroner, a Green County judge, Monroe police and a survivor will share their perspective, answer questions from the audience and provide some tools to help parents or peers start a conversation about making choices.

For more information, visit or contact Sherrie Volbrecht at 608-324-1189.