CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Croton-Harmon High School students kicked off their summer last Friday with The Fest, an outdoor celebration at Vassallo Park.
The event was sponsored by the Croton Community Coalition and encourages students to have a safe and drug-free summer.
Students were treated to a mechanical bull ride, photo booth, dunk tank, food, refreshments, live music and a DJ. Shop Rite donated food including hot dogs and water, and Frankie's Deli donated sandwiches for fest-goers.
“We recognize the challenges faced by our teenagers at this time of year. We want to send the students off on summer vacation with a positive and supportive message,” said Laurie Dean, chairwoman, and coordinator of the Croton Community Coalition.
The Croton Police Department set up and managed a foggle course, a simulation where students use altered goggles to experience what it's like to try to drive a golf cart under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The Westchester County Police Department set up its DWI video prevention truck where students were tested on their base driving skills, and then, through computer simulation, experienced what it was like to try to drive under the influence. Teens were tested for their ability to avoid pedestrians, other vehicles, road signs and sharp curves.