Wednesday, January 8, 2003

PeachStar Brings Drug and Alcohol Awareness to Georgia Middle Schoolers

PeachStar recently brought you the 2002 Cobb County Drug and Alcohol Awareness Day for Middle Schools and we wanted to share a little bit more information about the event with you. As you know, the program was hosted by Durham Middle School in Acworth. For the first time this year, PeachStar hosted a studio audience of middle schoolers here at the Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. We also had our own panel of experts in-house who took part in the program via satellite:

* Judge Russell Carlisle, Cobb State Court
* Chief Judge Gregory Adams, DeKalb County Juvenile Court
* Solicitor General Carmen Smith, Fulton County
* Chief Kenny Smith, City of Morrow Police Department and current President of the Georgia Association of Police Chiefs
* Lt. Ken Malcolm, City of Covington Police Department

These experts joined those being taped at Durham Middle for the day of awareness that featured famous key-note speakers, roundtable discussions, interviews with current inmates, a frank discussion with a school superintendent, a presentation by a drug dog, and more.

In addition to interacting formally with panelists via question and answer sessions, the students who made up the studio audience here at the GPB facility also had an opportunity to address the officials more freely and informally over lunch.

PeachStar was pleased to have the opportunity once again to share important information about drug and alcohol use with students, not only in Cobb County, but across the state as well. Look for the Cobb County Drug and Alcohol Awareness Day program for high school students to air over PeachStar in the spring.