Plans for anti-drug Reality Tour in Mt. Pleasant advance
By Linda Harkcom
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Plans for a local version of the Reality Tour in Mt. Pleasant are quickly advancing.
The Reality Tour is an award-winning, evidence-based drug prevention program. The three-hour, intensive evening uses dramatic scenes, instruction and testimonials to educate parents and their children on the topic of drug abuse.
“We are very excited to be able to offer this here. They have one in Greensburg and one in North Huntington, and they are very well attended,” said Mt. Pleasant Borough Mayor Jerry Lucia.
Lucia, who is heading up the project that is sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Drug Awareness Program, said the group has made great strides toward making the tour a reality.
“We are in the process of getting all of the props made for the jail, ER and funeral home scenes. At our next meeting this Thursday, we will walk through a dry run,” he said.
Lucia said the group plans to begin presenting the program in September and hopes to be able to offer it monthly.
Darlene Trout of Mt. Pleasant is recruiting and organizing the actors needed to portray victims, first responders and others needed to complete each tableau.
“We are trying to find teenagers who like to act to help create scenes depicted in the tour,” Trout said.
Trout said students who volunteer for the program can earn credits toward their senior project.
Adult actors also are needed. Trout said they are hoping to establish a large pool of actors to be able to pull from for the monthly event.
“If enough people sign up, we may not need them more than once or twice,” she said.
Alex Zigarovich, 17, of Mt. Pleasant has volunteered to act in the tour.
“I think the cause is great for younger kids and I love acting and doing volunteer things like that,” Zigarovich said.
Those interested in acting in the project can call Trout at 724-547-9632.
Lucia said about 30 people, including borough and township officials, school district representatives and concerned citizens, have come together to work on the project. He is inviting anyone who would like to help to come to the meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in Rumbaugh Elementary School.
“Our door is open to anyone who would like to come and participate as a volunteer or be a supporter,” he said.
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer to the Daily Courier.
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