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“Play It Safe in Ocean City” Campaign

Release Date: 5/19/2009 3:29:15 PM

Ethan Ringrose, a student at Westminster High School, submitted the winning design in a poster contest sponsored by the Ocean City Drug Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee. Catherine Fitzgerald of Winters Mill High School was a runner-up in the contest. The winning design is part of a statewide multimedia campaign and is being featured on tee shirts, posters, the website, and other promotional materials for the 2009 “Play It Safe” campaign.
The mission of “Play It Safe” is to encourage high school graduates to make informed, healthy choices while having responsible fun without the use of alcohol and other drugs. The Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee, the Town of Ocean City, MD and the Worcester County Health Department have worked together since 1989 to plan, develop, and implement this program for all high school graduates across Maryland. The project culminates in Ocean City during June each year.
In order to assist parents in helping their seniors make these informed, healthy choices, Carroll County Public Schools has developed a “Play it Safe in Ocean City” information packet for seniors who will be going to Ocean City for senior week. The purpose of this packet is to inform students on how to be safe by choosing alcohol and drug free activities and still enjoy their time at senior week. This packet contains information taken from and various “Play it Safe in Ocean City” presentations given by officers from the Ocean City Police Department. It is not the school system’s purpose to promote or advertise Senior Week in Ocean City, Maryland. However, most, but not all, seniors talk about and plan for some sort of senior trip. Most of the safety tips included in the packet apply to any destination that your child may choose to visit.
The actual “Play it Safe in OC” booklets will be available to seniors. These booklets contain coupons, a map and calendar of events, addresses and phone numbers for medical first aid facilities and more. Booklets may be given out at graduation practice/meetings or placed in the seniors graduation packets.   Please check with your child’s school to find out the distribution plan for the booklets.
If you would like a packet or have any concerns or questions, please contact Anna Bible, Coordinator of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, at 410-751-3331 or

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