What are teens in town talking about this week? Teen Day Fuquay, of course.
Teens at local schools including Fuquay-Varina High School, Fuquay-Varina Middle School, Southern Wake Academy and West Lake Middle School received bookmarks inviting them to the third annual Teen Day Fuquay, an alcohol and distracted driving awareness program at South Park on May 4.
In the past two years, the program, hosted by the Fuquay-Varina Police Department and funded through a grant by the Wake County Board of Alcoholic Control, has drawn more than 1,200 teens from local schools with rave reviews, which isn’t an easy feat for a program driving home a difficult message to invincible teens.
There will be plenty of hands-on experiences with no lecturing. Teens surveyed after last year’s event appreciated the message delivery and they got the message. Nearly 100 percent of those surveyed understand that drinking and driving are a bad idea.
The goal of the event is for teen drivers to gain hands-on experience and learn the facts at Teen Day Fuquay that will help them make wiser choices about driving and keep their lives full of endless possibilities.
During the event, teens will have the chance to test their driving skills at the Drive Wise Course, filled with high and low tech activities designed to drive home the realities of mixing driving with alcohol or texting. In too many cases, this experience comes in the real world with horrible consequences.
The first 300 teens to complete the Drive Wise Course will get a free Teen Day t-shirt, which has proven a hot commodity.
It’s not all work though. There will be an Iron Man Obstacle Course, a rock wall, a craft area, free pizza at 12:30 p.m. and a live concert beginning at 1 p.m. With a parents written permission (available at www.teendayfuquay.com on the “you need this” page), participants can ride the Seat Belt Convincer, sure to convince even the most stubborn that seat belts save lives.
Teens, ages 11-18, are invited to attend Teen Day Fuquay on May 4 at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free. Learn more at www.teendayfuquay.com and on Facebook by searching for Teen Day Fuquay.