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Be smart, be safe at graduation

Our community made it safely through the first two legs of the spring “triad” as local students enjoyed their junior prom and senior ball during the past few weeks without any tragedies to mar these wonderful events. We urge families to maintain this momentum of good planning and smart decision-making as they prepare for our most important rite of passage; graduation.

Our graduates are our school’s most valuable “export” and we urge everyone to do their part to keep them safe as they prepare for commencement celebrations. While it is entirely appropriate for families to offer alcoholic beverages in moderation to their adult guests, care should be exercised that those options are only for guests who are 21 or over.

While the most important reason to do this is, of course, concern for the safety of our graduates and their friends, families should also be aware of their important legal responsibilities. In 2010, the village of Cazenovia passed a Social Host Law, which makes it illegal to “knowingly permit the consumption of alcohol by minors at their residence or at premises under their control.” For families residing outside the village, numerous state laws also prohibit this. In addition to criminal penalties, violating these rules could lead to massive civil liability in the event of a tragedy.

The Class of 2013 has enjoyed a magnificent career at Cazenovia High School and we are all proud of their many accomplishments. Let’s work together to celebrate their successes safely. The lives and futures of our graduates are too promising to risk by making bad decisions at commencement celebrations. Best wishes to all of our graduates and congratulations to their families on raising such a great class.

This message is brought to you by Project CAFÉ in cooperation with CazACTION, Madison County’s Promise and Bridges. Project CAFÉ is a student-led organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Cazenovia by promoting drug-free and alcohol-free activities, art, music, community service and scholarship.

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