The Alton Police Department’s Project ALERT program, partnering with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, will host its annual Salute Drug-Free Students Day at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, June 2.
Students and their families will have the opportunity to support the program and see a 7:15 p.m. game between the Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers.
“(This program) lets kids know if they stay out of trouble they can achieve a lot,” APD officer and event coordinator Doug Schaefer said.
Tickets are available for $16 through Friday, May 22 (normal rates range from $41 to $53 for the first baseline area seating, right field loge box and right field pavilion seating). This event is geared to children within the Project ALERT age group, but anyone who would like to support the Cardinals and Project ALERT is welcome to attend.
Project ALERT is a nationally recognized program giving sixth- to eighth-grade students insight, understanding and skills for resisting drugs. The program’s curriculum was developed and field-tested over a 10-year period by RAND, a national think tank on drug policies.
Project ALERT also addresses alcohol and tobacco use and is taught through small group activities, role-playing exercises, real-life videos and guided classroom discussions, taught through a two-year core curriculum during health classes.
The stadium will open at 4 p.m. to give students an opportunity to attend a pregame pep rally, led by television broadcaster and former Cardinals pitcher Al Hrabosky, along with an appearance by Fredbird. Two Cardinals players also will join in on the festivities by briefly speaking to students about the importance of saying no to drugs, as well as staying in school and what it takes to be a productive and successful individual. Students also will receive a complimentary souvenir upon arrival.
Tickets can be purchased through the Alton Police Department at www.altonpolice.com. Checks should be made payable to Alton Project ALERT.
For information, contact Schaefer at (618) 463-3505, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, May 22.