For the Drug-Free All Star October meeting, the All Stars toured the Angelina County Jail and received training to participate in compliance checks. The Drug-Free All Stars of Angelina County, funded by a grant from TxDOT, are a group of high school seniors that serve as role models for the community by living an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free life. The All Stars saw first-hand the results of substance misuse and what daily life is like for inmates. During the meeting, Texas Alcohol & Beverage Commission Agent Thomas Matthews trained the Drug-Free All Stars to conduct compliance checks to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors by local businesses. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2020), 50.0% of people aged 12 or older used alcohol in the past month and compliance checks are an important prevention strategy to reduce sales to minors. A special thank you to Sheriff Greg Sanches, Warden Nick Gardner, Judge Billy Ball, Captain Alton Lenderman and Agent Thomas Matthews for providing this experience for the All Stars. To find out more about the Drug-Free All Star program, contact Abby Baker at (936) 634-9308.
Pictured front row, from left: Macy True, Kathryn Teague, Helena Nerren, Shadye Forrest, Marley Martin, Kylie Ridings, Ally Lea, Addyson Soderquist, and Abi Martinez. Second row, from left: MacKenzie McCaslin, Jacqueline Silva, Ashton Martin-Kibbey, Mikaili Turner, Sariah Cruz, Rachel Bonnin, Sophia Woods, Sydney Ross, Chloe Camp, Hannah Spikes, and Perla Tovar. Third row, from left: Abby Bennett, Haley Wallace, Kimberly Lopez, Jackie Escobedo, Nicholas Reyna, Kaylor Vazquez, Chip Buchanan, Isabel Contreras, and Erin Jones. Fourth row, from left: Kaelyn Abbott, Shemarian Harrison, Mehki Matthews, Jacob Quick, Jordan Hardy, Kinsey Lucas, Andrew Alamo, Russell Reid, and Wyatt Murray. Back row, from left: Pranav Rao, Preston Jelinek, Travis Murray, John Flowers, Carson McKnight, Cole Davis, and Carson Basham.