2017-06-14 / Rockingham

Bellows Falls youth to lead Sticker Shock project to help prevent underage drinking

Members of the Advanced Above the Influence (AATI) group of Bellows Falls place stickers on
cartons of alcoholic beverages. This is part of an effort to reduce access to alcohol for those under the age of 21. — COURTESY PHOTOMembers of the Advanced Above the Influence (AATI) group of Bellows Falls place stickers on cartons of alcoholic beverages. This is part of an effort to reduce access to alcohol for those under the age of 21. — COURTESY PHOTOBELLOWS FALLS ― Greater Falls Connections and the Advanced Above the Influence (AATI) Group completed their “Sticker Shock” project on May 4 at three local retailers. Sticker Shock is targeted towards adults 21 and over, who provide alcohol to minors. The project gives youth the opportunity to send “a powerful message that it is not okay to provide alcohol to minors,” according to GFC Program Specialist Scott Sharland.

Local retailers that sell alcohol were asked to participate in the project, in which stickers with the message were placed on multi-packs and cases of alcoholic beverages.

Stores that participated in the event were Cumberland Farms, Penguin Market, and James Petro Shell Station.

Their participation makes it possible for local youth to spread healthy messages, such as “It’s Just Not Cool,” as noted on the stickers, to provide alcohol to minors.

The sticker shock project is part of a cooperative effort between Greater Falls Connections’ Advanced ATI and Friends for Change. The youth involved in the project hope to raise awareness among adults and older peers, who can legally buy, about the legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors. They put the message in their own words in to get their older peers to think twice about providing alcohol to anyone under 21.

To learn more about the project, visit www.greaterfallsconnections.org.

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