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First Lady Deal Promotes Alcohol Awareness Month In Cross Keys High School

August 15, 2013

Today on behalf of the Georgia Children’s Cabinet, the First Lady, Katie Jo, and Harris Blackwood visited Cross Keys High School in DeKalb County to spread awareness of August’s Alcohol Awareness Month. The First Lady presented the school with a proclamation from Governor Deal declaring August as Alcohol Awareness month, and they spoke to school officials, DeKalb superintendents, and press on the truth about underage drinking. They wanted to spread the positive message that 86% of Georgia’s youth do not engage in underage drinking in order to encourage all of Georgia’s children that the real majority are abstaining from alcohol. Cross Keys students were the first to preview the new promotional video for a state-wide video competition designed to promote positive decision making with underage alcohol consumption. The Governor’s Office for Children and Families teamed up the Council on Alcohol and Drugs to create the “Reel Change Georgia” competition. It empowers students with the knowledge that they can make a real change in their communities and lives by making healthy choices that do not involve the use of alcohol. Specifically, the competition asks students to get creative and submit 30 second videos telling their peers why they choose not to drink. The video competition will be fully launched in September, and you can view the promotional video here: