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PARTY prepares for new school year

By From page B3 | August 15, 2012

Golf tourney fundraiser planned

Parents, teachers, school administrators, police officers and students agree that PARTY and back-to-school go great together, especially when PARTY is defined as Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth.

PARTY promotes injury prevention through reality education, enabling youth to recognize risks and make informed decisions about activities and behavior. PARTY reality education is delivered by police officers, paramedics, emergency room doctors and trauma survivors in the form of a simulated car crash, testimonials, and an emergency room treatment presentation and tour.  A key PARTY message is not driving distracted by a cell phone, alcohol consumption or other circumstances that increase the risk of a car crash.

“PARTY is a back-to-school supply that can’t be put in a backpack but is one of the most valuable experiences students can encounter. Lessons learned at PARTY programs save lives and prevent injury.” said Kathy Hurd, director of fundraising for PARTY.

Hurd is planning the second annual PARTY Golf Tournament, presented by U.S. Bank, on Friday, Sept. 21, at Empire Ranch in Folsom. Proceeds from the tournament will fund existing PARTY programs at Oak Ridge, Folsom, Roseville, Granite Bay and Vista Del Lago high schools. Proceeds from the golf tournament will also expand the program to local schools on a waiting list.   PARTY has reached more than 6,300 students since its local inception in 2009.

The PARTY program is offered through high school students’ health courses. This is generally the time before most high school students receive their driving permits.

Area hospitals including Mercy Folsom, Marshall Hospital, Sutter and Kaiser Roseville Medical Centers partner with PARTY by offering space on their campuses to hold the program and/or offering their trauma and emergency staff to speak and share with students during the program. Local law enforcement and paramedics also interact with students about their experiences with trauma and procedures surrounding car crashes and crash victims. Police officers provide students at the PARTY program the opportunity to wear goggles that simulate what it’s like to be under the influence of alcohol.

“There are plenty of distractions when high school students return to school and maneuver their way out of the high school parking lot. PARTY’s goal is to remove distraction from teen drivers and make the roads safer for all who use them; drivers, runners, bicyclists and walkers,” said Hurd.

Registration for the PARTY Golf Tournament is at the program’s website: partyprogramca.com.   The PARTY Golf Tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, with registration and lunch grilled on-site by Burgerocity. Golf begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start followed by dinner and a silent auction.

For more information, to register for the PARTY Golf Tournament at Empire Ranch or make a donation visit partyprogramca.com.

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