BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department – in collaboration with the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, Bridgewater-Raritan Municipal Alliance, Somerset County Safe Communities Coalition and EmPoWER Somerset – is hosting a "Call to Action: A Community Conversation About Our Kids" June 5 in the high school auditorium.

The session is being held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and is free. Parents and students in grades six and above are encourage to attend to learn about local conditions and how to prevent anxiety, stress and drug and alcohol abuse in the community.

"Wellness is one of the core aspects of our strategic work, and partnering with others in the community to create the safest environments possible is our primary focus," Superintendent Russell Lazovick said in a release. "Working together, we can help students make safe choices and find the support they need when they need it."

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Registration can be completed online at www.tinyurl.com/BRHSC2A. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

According to the release, the event will consist of an interactive discussion with a panel of experts from law enforcement, school, prevention and the general community, followed by a question and answer session.

"We cannot be naive to the fact that drugs are in every community, but we can educate our youth on how to recognize the dangers and how to mentally cope with social pressures," said Bridgewater Township Police Captain Timothy Hoey, one of the organizers, in the release.

Community organizers will also provide resources and information on local treatment and prevention services. Those who attend will have the chance to enter a free drawing to win an Amazon Echo Dot and other prizes.

For more information, contact EmPoWER Somerset at 908-722-4900.

According to the release, members of the community who would like to get involved in substance abuse prevention efforts can do so through the Bridgewater-Raritan Municipal Alliance and the Somerset County Safe Communities Coalition. The alliance works to coordinate, plan and implement substance abuse prevention efforts with funding from the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.