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Underage Town Hall Meeting

This evening from 6:30 to 8, students age 10 to 15 and their parents will have a chance to learn about the dangers of underage drinking. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking will take place in Room 100 in Information Commons West at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield.

The event is free and open to the public...Community Partnership is coordinating the event, which is funded by the federal government's Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Prevention of Underage Drinking.

Amy Evans is administrator of prevention services at Community Partnership.

Evans encourages parents and young people to participate in tonight's town hall meeting.

She says underage drinking is a real problem in Southwest Missouri and the entire state.

Statistics show that alcohol use is a strong predictor of sexual activity in those under 21.

Evans says teens who drink will do worse in school than their peers who do not drink.

Evans says tonight's town hall meeting will provide parents with tips for discouraging underage drinking.

She says parents need to open the lines of communication.

The Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking is tonight from 6:30 to 8 in room 100 in Information Commons West on the O-T-C campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Free dinner is provided to the first 200 attendees.