LINWOOD — Kids under the legal drinking age do not normally open the refrigerated beer section of Circle Liquor in Somers Point, but on Dec. 27, Mainland Regional High School students did just that.
Members of the school's Students Against Destructive Decisions club, or SADD, who also participate in Stand Up and Rebel through Atlantic Prevention Resources, participated in Project Sticker Shock at the store. Circle Liquor partnered in the effort to remind anyone thinking about serving alcohol to minors that it is against the law.
The Mainland students, along with Kim Burns, Amanda Hartman and Brian Wilson of Atlantic Prevention Resources and Marisa McDole, the Mainland student assistance counselor and SADD adviser, labeled cases of beer with reminders that those over 21 should not serve or buy alcohol for anyone underage.
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Project Sticker Shock also is being implemented by Cedar Creek and Egg Harbor Township high schools at participating liquor stores, McDole said.
She said the group did it several years ago and added the message is strong and needs to continue to be spread to keep students and minors safe from the dangers of underage drinking.
“If it makes even one person think twice, then the point has been made and the project is a success,” said McDole. “I do believe it has made more than one person think twice, especially when they have the sticker as a constant reminder on the package they have purchased."
Mainland Superintendent Mark Marrone agrees with McDole.
“I am very happy our kids are involved in a project that has adults thinking twice about putting alcohol in the hands of underage kids,” said Marrone. “Whatever we can do to help our kids and some adults make better choices is something we want Mainland to be a part of.”