By TYLER MASK
Drugs and alcohol have plagued children's lives for what seems like an eternity. Nevertheless, the war on drugs is becoming less one-sided, as more organizations are banding together each day to fight back. One of the most prominent drug awareness organizations is the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, of which Palo Pinto County has its own branch through the Texas division of the organization.
This year, Palo Pinto County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children is hosting its third annual “Call to Action Rally,” April 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Mineral Wells High School Auditorium. A presentation will be made by Keller ISD Coordinator of Drug and Alcohol Prevention Marcene Weatherall, discussing current trends, what to look for and how to talk to children about drugs and alcohol.
"[Call to Action Rally] is here to educate the public regarding things that are dangerous to children, [including] drugs and alcohol and what happens to children in families where drugs and alcohol are present,” PPCDEC's Marylin Wilson said. “It's to help people open their eyes as to what is going on in the world today. It will be very beneficial because it opens this up to people about what is really going on. Whether it's your home, a friend's home or a family member's home, it could be anyone that is being impacted by drugs or alcohol. It is beneficial for the kids because it shows them where to get help, whether it be for them or their parents living in a bad environment."
Entertainment will be provided by the Mineral Wells High School Choir and the Mineral Wells Junior High Band.
A few perks for students who attend are homework passes and community service hours for those on probation or parole.