By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
As the weather gets cooler and Halloween draws closer, Corn mazes start popping up across the state. But, this year, a new kind of maze will be coming to Floyd County.
It’s called the Teen maze and it’s heralded by the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth as a life-size interactive game for teenagers to explore the consequences of their decisions as they relate to drugs, drinking, violence and sexual activity. Ninth-graders from both the Rome city and Floyd county schools will navigate a host of obstacles that impede their ability to complete the maze. And, just like a corn maze, each student will arrive at the end in different ways, said Angie Robinson, spokesperson for the Floyd County Teen Resource center.
“Kids actually go along paths, and we have walls built, so it does kind of feel like you’re going through a maze. Along the way, students hit scenarios that direct them where they go on the path,” Robinson said. “It starts out with a car wreck due to impaired driving, and texting while driving. There are obstacles of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections—and, also going to jail because of impaired driving. So, we do have a jail set up.”
Teens receive a booklet to collect photos of their experience as they navigate the maze. Though aimed at these young adults, Robinson heavily encourages parents to attend too.
“One of the things we’re encouraging through the teen maze is for parents and youth to talk about these issues,” she said. “We would love parents and other interested community adults to come through the maze on Tuesday night, October 16th, to see what it’s like and so they can have those conversations with children.”
The event has enlisted the help of 300 volunteers from agencies all over the county, including both Redmond and Floyd County hospitals, the hospitality house, Berry college, and all three law enforcement bureaus. It will take place at the Coosa Valley Fairground, with the community invited to attend on October 16tgh from 6pm to 8pm.