"We would all agree that underage drinking can have serious consequences," says Shari Johnson, CM-HS Youth Force Project Director.

"It not only affects the child who consume it, but the community in which we live. Children need information to make good decisions," Johnson said.

A Town Hall Meeting is coming to Calhoun to address the issue, part of a national effort to increase the understanding of underage drinking and its consequences.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department.

A free dinner will be catered by the Calhoun Middle School Athletic Boosters.

"We're looking to community leaders who have proven themselves in the past to be concerned about the well-being of our children and the community," said Jean Simers, Heads-Up Coordinator.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about new research and to discuss how the community can best prevent underage alcohol abuse.

For more information, contact Shari Johnson at Talk2shari@lycos.com, 304-354-6698 or Jean Simers at jsimers@access.k12.wv.us.

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