Environmental Strategies

Tonka CARES incorporates prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, systems and local policy.

Social Host Ordinances

Two cities within the Minnetonka Public Schools boundaries, Minnetonka and Shorewood, have passed Social Host Ordinances in their cities. The purpose of the ordinance is to discourage underage consumption of alcoholic beverages by making the host of an underage drinking party criminally responsible. A violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor. Read more about the specific ordinances below:

Prescription medicine drop boxes

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, especially among teens. Help keep unused and unwanted prescription medicine out of the hands of our youth. Proper disposal of unused prescription medicine also helps our environment. Medicines flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can contaminate water, harm wildlife and pollute drinking water.

To find the medicine disposal site closest to you click below:

Contracting with party buses: an important parent decision

At the urging of MHS parents, Tonka CARES formed a work group to look at the benefits and risks associated with the use of "party buses" for school dances. What seems like a safe and fun alternative to driving can have some downsides that parents may not consider, especially since the request is often brought forward at the last minute! Here are some reports on the topic for consideration: