Paul Zinni, Superintendent
18 King Street
Norfolk, MA 02056
For Immediate Release
Monday, June 24, 2019
Media Contact: Kelsey Bode
Email: [email protected]
King Philip Healthy KP Coalition Launches Underage Drinking Awareness Campaign
WRENTHAM — Superintendent Paul Zinni is pleased to share that Healthy KP recently launched a sticker campaign to promote underage drinking awareness.
Healthy KP is a coalition of community volunteers, students, administrators, educators, parents, and police and fire officials that works to prevent the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco among students. The coalition was formed earlier this fall.
The Healthy KP Substance Use Prevention Coalition’s Sticker Shock Awareness Campaign began on Thursday, May 30, and ended on Wednesday, June 5. The initiative sought to curb teen drinking and substance use before King Philip Regional High School’s prom on Friday, June 7, and graduation, on Sunday, June 9.
Healthy KP printed 1,000 stickers for the campaign, which each read “Make the Right Choice for You and For Them,” “Don’t Provide Alcohol to Minors,” and “Penalties Include Up to a Year in Jail and/or $2,000 Fine.”
Healthy KP was given permission by 10 local pizza establishments to place the stickers on their pizza boxes, including Aroma’s Italian Pizza and Roast Beef of Norfolk, EagleBrook Restaurant and Pizza Express of Norfolk, Norfolk Town Pizza, Plainville House of Pizza, South Street Pizza of Plainville, Cafe Assisi of Wrentham, The Tavern Restaurant of Wrentham, Town Pizza of Wrentham and Wrentham House of Pizza.
A group of 11 students volunteered to place the stickers on the boxes, including three students from King Philip High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club. Six community volunteers also volunteered to support the sticker shock awareness campaign.
The campaign was supported by a Substance Prevention grant from the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.
“Teen substance abuse is a huge concern during prom and graduation season, and this campaign was a great way to spread awareness about this issue in our communities,” said Kip Lewis, a member of Healthy KP and Assistant Principal of King Philip Regional High School. “We were fortunate that the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office supported this initiative, and thankful that they recognized our mission to promote healthy, safe decisions among our students.”