We have changed our name from the NEW TRADITION COALITION to DRAW THE LINE LAWRENCE so it better fits our purpose and mission. We call on all community members to come together and DRAW THE LINE on underage drinking and drug use for a healthier and safer place to live.

Monday, April 6, 2009


The parent pledge and directory is a helpful tool to let other Lawrence parents know that you do not tolerate underage drinking in your home. The directory is a list of parents who have agreed to provide a safe home for teens. It's an easy way to know where your kids are going- Just look it up! When your child goes over to a new friend's home, call the parents and ask a few questions. "Hey, thanks for having my child over tonight! (This question also verifys that the parent even knows they are having guests.) Since we don't know each other, I just wanted to see how things work over there. Are you going to be home? Do you allow underage drinking in your home? Does anyone have access to guns in your home? Do you check on the kids when they are camped out in the basement rec. room or outside? Do you ask them to say hello and goodbye so you know who's there? Please remind my kid to call me from your home phone when he gets there. Oh, by the way, here's my cell in case you need anything.

Below is a link to a story about some parents who probably didn't check things out. When adults provide and condone underage drinking in their home, the message to teens is - "It must be OK." Is it OK for your teen? Sign the pledge on the right, send it in and let's all get on the same page. If our kids are are so well networked (They can get a party going in 15 minutes.), why shouldn't we be well connected too.

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