Over 2,300 eighth graders and several hundred high school students from Carroll County Public Schools will be visiting the Drug and Violence Awareness Expo on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center.
The Expo, which is sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, focuses on drug prevention and awareness, gangs, domestic violence, and sexual assault and their impact on the community. There will be a variety of motivational and informational speakers, interactive displays, self-defense, CPR and K-9 demonstrations, crime fighting vehicles, and over 60 exhibitors from numerous support groups and community outreach programs.
Students will hear at least one speaker and will participate in a scavenger hunt that will allow them to interact with a variety of support groups and community outreach specialists. They also will have an opportunity to drive through an impaired driving course with a mini car, tour the mobile command center and crime lab, and get an up-close view of a patrol car, armored personnel carrier, and water rescue team equipment.
High school students will hear a presentation about bullying, drugs, peer pressure, and other issues teens may face. Middle school students will listen to Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Executive Director Glen Fueston as they discuss the opioid epidemic in Maryland. They also will hear personal stories of how drug use and abuse have affected lives.
High school students will attend the Expo from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Middle school students will attend from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. The Expo is open to the public from 8:00 to 4:00 p.m.