High school students attempt to fight underage drinking in Kalamazoo Co.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Dozens of high school students throughout West Michigan are taking part in a campaign to stop adults buying alcohol for teenagers.
They're using hundreds of stickers to make a statement, because these teens want their message to stick.
Dozens of West Michigan high schoolers are placing stickers on cases of beer and other drinks, to discourage adults from buying alcohol for teens.
"I believe that alcohol abuse, especially in high school, happens because you hear about parties all the time," said volunteer Paige Berry.
For Berry, a student at Portage Central, this cause is personal.
Her dad is a police officer and knows how dangerous alcohol can be.
Saturday morning, students traveled to liquor stores across Kalamazoo County, hoping to help make adults part of the conversation about teenage drinking.
"It's really important to make sure this problem is talked about and normalized, so people so that people know they should not be drinking and this is not ok," said volunteer Isabel Best.
The effort is part of a program run by the Kalamazoo County Substance Abuse Task Force.
Ashley Bergeon, a coordinator for the group, says youth participation is this activity is key.
"I think that message is so much more powerful when other youth are saying, hey we don't want you giving alcohol to our peers our friends," she said.
"I hope that they take a moment and realize that they are affecting the youth in so many ways," said Berry.
She tells us she hopes that message will stick on not just a beer case, but people.