Fayetteville-Manlius School District and East Area Support Network (EASN) will together host a free pasta dinner this spring as part of a community outreach event that focuses on bringing families together and raising substance abuse awareness.
Local families are invited to enjoy a traditional spaghetti meal together 5:30-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 in the F-M High School cafeteria. The community dinner is being organized to help parents and students take a break from their busy schedules so they can connect and communicate with each other while sitting together for a meal.
In an effort to encourage families to attend together, the dinner is being offered free of charge. If individuals would like to attend by themselves, EASN will be accepting nominal donations to help defray dinner costs.
Following the dinner, a special 90-minute presentation featuring former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Robert Stutman will begin at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. The event, titled “Not My Kid, Not My Community,” is designed to help inform attendees about the country’s opioid epidemic and its impact on families and local communities. He will also discuss how parents can identify signs of drug abuse in their children and the most commonly abused substances.
Mr. Stutman spent 25 years with the DEA, six of which included serving as head of the agency’s New York office. He has been featured on many national television shows, and served as a drug consultant for CBS and PBS news programs and many documentaries and major motion pictures.
Due to the presentation’s content, it is suggested that attendees are 12 years of age or older. Mr. Stutman will present a similar program to F-M High School students earlier in the day on April 9.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
The dinner and speaking engagement are being sponsored by the East Area Support Network, Fayetteville-Manlius School District and Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Fayetteville.