Earlier this month, parents and kids in New Orleans were encouraged to say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking. Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program materials were distributed to attendees at the 2nd Annual Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (CADA) for Greater New Orleans Carnivale.
It turned out to be a beautiful night, in spite of the threat of rain. It was the perfect way for families to get out, have fun, and get back to normal after Hurricane Isaac. Highlights for the kids were rides in the carousel gardens, face painting, a stilt walker, glow-ball juggler and circus hula-hooper! The evening was topped off by free gourmet ice cream for everyone!
Ask, Listen, Learn sponsored the Bumper Car booth and materials were distributed to parents and kids. Parents and kids head to the bumper cars together which was a great reminder that talking to your kids about underage drinking should happen early, often, and in natural everyday settings. Parents are the leading influence in their kids’ decision not to drink. The free Ask, Listen, Learn materials support ongoing discussions between parents and kids.
CADA’s dedicated staff hosted the event to support its substance abuse prevention education programs for the children of New Orleans. CADA reaches 5,000 K-12 students every year with its evidence-based curriculum, Too Good for Drugs, which helps to reduce risk and enhance protective factors related to substance use and abuse.
Joyce V. Bracey, M.Ed.
Executive Director, CADA
Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse For Greater New Orleans