If you feed them, they will come.
At least that's what Evans Middle School Principal Myrel Seigler was counting on when he planned Family Night at the school to get the message out about alcohol and drug awareness.
"We knew we needed to have something to get the parents in here and have something that would get the children's attention - not just a speaker," Seigler said.
Family Night is Jan. 24, beginning at 5 p.m. Everything is free, including the spaghetti dinner. Upper Crust is donating the bread, Olive Garden is donating the spaghetti sauce and Smoak's Bakery is donating the dessert.
Dinner will be from 5 to 6 p.m. In the next hour the house band from the Surrey Tavern, Playback, will play. From 7 to 7:45 p.m., parents and their children will split up; the pupils will stay in the gymnasium to watch a Columbia County Sheriff's Office canine demonstration, while the parents will go to the lunchroom to hear a presentation by the school's Gang Resistance Education And Training officer who will share information on drugs and alcohol with parents.
Evans High School's Beta Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions will pass out brochures and to offer a nursery for children ages 2 and older.
"We thought we'd offer it as a Family Night with food and entertainment and maybe a little information. We've gotten people to really participate," Seigler said. "We're anticipating a couple of hundred people. The more we get here the more the message will get out."
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