AHS hosting FOCUS event for 500

Published 12:58 am Thursday, September 28, 2017

More than 500 youth are expected in Andalusia in October when Andalusia High School hosts one of three state FOCUS youth rallies.

AHS Peer Helpers sponsor Charlotte Spurlin said the event, which is designed to prevent risky behaviors in teens is sponsored in part by the Alabama Department of Public Health. When the event first began in Alabama, it was held at Shocco Springs. Last year, the program was expanded to add Tuscaloosa, and this year, Andalusia will host youth in the southern part of the state.

WSFA’s Josh Johnson, who lost his brother to a drug overdose, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Trooper Kevin Cook, whose son died in a wreck, and speakers who will address alcohol use, prescription pill abuse, and healthy relationships.

The participants also will see a Jaws of Life demonstration, have an opportunity to drive a beer goggles course, climb the National Guard’s rock wall or climb into their gladiator pit, play cornhole, and learn about motorcycle safety.

Spurlin said PowerSouth and Southeast Gas also are co-sponsoring the event, which allows the school to have the Kona Ice truck serve students on site.

The event is set for Wed., Oct. 11, at First Baptist Church of Andalusia.