March 27,2006

Party in the Right Spirit

Students learn safe prom tips
NEWMARKET York Region Health Services hosts the 7th annual Party in the Right Spirit interactive workshop. The goal of this event is to inform, educate and help high school students and their staff advisors plan a safe prom or graduation night.  There are 19 schools participating in this year's event.

WHAT: Prom-related concerns such as impairment, drug use, legal liabilities, sexual assault and relationship issues, violence and drug misuse are addressed.  Through a series of workshops, this event helps identify strategies to avoid or manage potential problems.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
 9:00 am to 1:45 pm
WHERE: Bayview Hill Community Centre
 114 Spadina Road, Richmond Hill
Photo opportunities include:
 Feature display - How will you get home from your prom?
9:15 to 9:30 am
Students will see first-hand the inside of a limousine, police cruiser, ambulance and hearse
 12:00 to 12:30 pm
Students will have an opportunity to visit prom and graduation-related displays
 12:45 to 1:15 pm
Students will experience three activity stations (R.I.D.E. van, Fatal Vision goggles and Wheels of Misfortune video) to provide ideas for initiatives they can implement in their own schools
Remaining time is spent in interactive workshops and presentations
York Region Health Services
-     Injury and Substance Abuse Prevention Program
- Healthy Sexuality Program
- Chronic Disease Prevention Program
- Solicitor
York Region Emergency Medical Services
York Regional Police
York Central Hospital
Women's Support Network of York Region

Most proms are school-sponsored, supervised events where the serving and possession of alcohol is strictly prohibited. It is recognized, however, that there are also many pre- and post-prom parties organized by individuals or groups of students, where alcohol and other substances may be available. The Party in the Right Spirit workshop is being offered to equip high school prom/graduation planning committees with techniques to raise awareness at their own schools about making responsible decisions at these parties.
For more information about safe graduation planning or any other health-related topic contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 (toll free) or visit
Media Contact Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 or after-hours pager (905) 830-3302
 Party in the Right Spirit list of participating schools
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School
Markham District High School
Toronto District Christian High School
Unionville High School
Stouffville District Secondary School
Richmond Hill High School
Langstaff Secondary School
Sir William Mulock Secondary School
St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School
Markville Secondary School
Thornhill Secondary School
Westmount Collegiate Institute
Milliken Mills High School
Cardinal Carter Catholic High School
St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School
Holy Trinity Catholic High School
Dr.  J.M. Dennison Secondary School
Sutton District High School
St. Elizabeth Catholic High School
Pickering College
Huron Heights Secondary School


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