CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
Stepping Up Project plans April 27 town meeting
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Stepping Up Project, a community/campus coalition
to curb binge drinking and its second-hand effects, is planning a town
meeting to share information about its activities and solicit community
input and support for those activities. The public is invited to attend
the meeting Monday, April 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at West High School.
The first hour of the town meeting will be held in the West High Little
Theater and will feature a short update on the Stepping Up Project, a preliminary
report on a community survey of perceptions and attitudes toward binge
drinking as well as support for specific policies to combat the problem,
and an extended period of time for members of the public to ask questions
or provide their own comments about the issue.
The open forum section of the meeting will feature panelists who can
respond to questions and comments from the audience. Members of the panel
will be Mary Sue Coleman, UI president; Dale Helling, assistant city manager
for Iowa City; Allison Miller, former UI Student Government president;
Art Schut, director of MECCA (the Mid Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse),
Jim Clayton of the Iowa City Downtown Association, and Jodie Theobald of
the Iowa City Schools Districtwide Parents' Organization.
During the second hour, participants will be invited to attend one of
four separate discussion groups to explore issues in greater depth. The
general topics for discussion will be enforcement of alcohol-related laws,
accessibility and availability of alcohol, social alternatives to alcohol-related
events, and outreach - what should be done to keep the community informed
of the issues.
High school students will serve as greeters for the event and will offer
participants an opportunity to sign up to receive the Stepping Up Project
community newsletter and to review and sign pledge cards that explain the
coalition's mission and goals.
In addition, West High's 1440 Leadership Group will be collecting food
items to donate to the Iowa City Crisis Center. Items can be dropped off
in a box at the entrance to the meeting.