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Marshfield students line up to stop underage drinking


Students in Marshfield created a human billboard in an effort to stop underage drinking. It's part of an initiative, Parents Who Host, Lose the Most.

Hundreds of students lined the streets of Marshfield today, drawing attention to the campaign.

"To let parents know that we would love to see students have a fun, safe prom and graduation season and how important it is not to have parties where alcohol is served to minors," Marshfield Superintendent Peg Geegan said.

Prom and graduation are right around the corner, and with that can come underage drinking. But students and parents in Marshfield want to end that.

"It's timely to make people aware that we can enjoy these celebrations, but we certainly don't want alcohol and minors to be a part of that," Geegan said.

School leaders say the turn-out was more than expected.

"We think that having the students so enthusiastic about it is really going to change the peer culture as well," Geegan said.

And some parents couldn't agree more.

"This was fantastic. This was exciting. This was, I think, community changing. This is parents say we are going to protect our kids, our number one investment, and we're going to make sure they're safe," said Jesse Jackson, Marshfield.

Some parents signed a pledge, making a promise they would not serve alcohol to anyone underage.

"The ultimate goal would be to educate the public and let them know that alcohol and youth is a bad combination. There's a lot of injuries and death that occurs when you combine the two," Lt. Rick Gramza with the Marshfield Police Department said.

Event organizers say it's all about student safety, and it begins with educating parents.

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