“One Death Too Many” program aims to educate students in a fun way

Brianna Glase, Managing Editor

JC will host a “One Death Too Many” drug refusal seminar aimed at students in eighth through twelfth grade on March 1, from seven p.m. to eight p.m.  During the event, teens and parents will discuss different refusal strategies, perform skits, and enjoy snacks and prizes, including iTunes gift cards.

The idea was originally presented to the Harford Area Youth Ministry (HAY) by Kellie Reynolds, Coordinator of Young Adult and Youth Ministry at St. Stephen Parish.

“I was reading a news article about three young people who died from drug-related causes in our county.  A week later, a fourth drug-related death occurred.  I was moved to take action in some small way to let our families know the Church can be a place of refuge and safety for young people,” Reynolds said.

The idea for the program stems from concern for Harford County’s youth and a hope to teach them how to deal with difficult situations in a fun way.  “[The program] is another way to present the reality of a problem young people face, and we hope the refusal skills may equip them to face real situations,” Reynolds said.

The Church and religion will also be integrated into the event.  “By beginning and ending with prayer, we hope to convey that each person has dignity and is created and loved by a merciful God, a God who desires to offer reconciliation for past mistakes,” Reynolds said.

After Reynolds presented the idea to the HAY, she approached President Richard O’Hara and Campus Minister Patti Murphy Dohn.  “Mr. O’Hara contacted me to enthusiastically support the program and offer the John Carroll School and a venue,” she said.

For more information about the event, contact Reynolds at [email protected]

Brianna Glase is a Managing Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.