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District 191 presents a free two-part series on drug addiction

Burnsville High School is partnering with Eastview High School (EVHS) and Dakota County to present a two-part series on addiction and chemical use/abuse on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Eastview High School Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 140th Street West in Apple Valley, and Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Diamondhead Education Center, located at 200 W. Burnsville Parkway in Burnsville.

These free events are intended for adults.

The first part, “Top Secret Project: Decoding the Mysteries of the Teen Domain,” is a unique traveling exhibit designed to help parents recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight. Using a simulated teenager’s bedroom, the interactive exhibit includes hundreds of items that when seen through an educated lens, could be a signal that there’s a problem. There will also be a presentation and discussion with presenters from Hazelden and Dakota County. The schedule is as follows:

  • 6-6:30 p.m. Resource Fair and Bedroom Exhibit

  • 6:30-8 p.m. Presentation/Discussion

  • 8-8:30 p.m. Informal Time/Q & A

The second part, “Know the Truth Dakota County Community Forum for Community Leaders, Parents and Other Concerned Adults,” is a panel event featuring the Dakota County Drug Task Force, Apple Valley Police Department, EVHS School Resource Officer Brian Plantz, EVHS Assistant Principal Jodi Hanson and a Know the Truth prevention specialist. Attendees will learn more about how chemical use/abuse impacts the community and our kids. Parent perspectives and personal stories will be included, with parents and recovering young adults sharing their real life experiences with addiction. The schedule is as follows:

  • 6-6:30 p.m. Resource Fair and free Community Dinner (hosted by Burger Jones)

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Panel Presentation

  • 7:30-8 p.m. Discussion and Q & A

This second panel event will also be offered on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the EVHS Performing Arts Center. It will be identical to the event at Diamondhead Education Center.