Local Schools Benefit from Donation by DA

Money for use on substance-free events

UPDATED:   07/10/2015 08:13:38 AM EDT

After-prom and graduation festivities are about to get safer thanks to funds given to local high schools by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

A total of $10,500 was distributed among 20 high schools in Middlesex County to be used for hosting substancefree after-prom and graduation events.

"Our goal is always to help school districts offer safe after prom and graduation activities so the memories teenagers will have of their parties, dances, and commencement will be about experiences which were enjoyable and safe," Ryan said.

Local districts that applied and received $500 each include: Billerica Memorial High School, Chelmsford High School, Dracut Senior High School, North Middlesex Regional High School, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Tewksbury Memorial High School and Tyngsboro High School.

According to the District Attorney's Office, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15-19. Many of these fatalities occur on prom and graduation nights and are often linked to impaired or distracted driving.

Along with providing funding for safe events, Ryan has spoken at high schools across the county to educate teens and parents about making responsible choices when it comes to drinking and driving.

Ryan also works to spread awareness about the state's Social Host Law. Adults and minors can be punished by fines and even time in jail for serving alcohol to underage drinkers. These "Social Host Responsibility" presentations are held by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office alongside non-profit Middlesex Partnerships for Youth.

By encouraging teens to make safe choices, educating their parents, and supporting local high schools, Ryan is taking a three sided approach to making Middlesex County proms and graduations as safe as they are memorable.


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