Every 15 Minutes
A Sobering Event for Rio Students
This week PTSA sponsored an educational program called Every 15 Minutes. The focus of the program stresses that the decision to consume alcohol can affect many more people than just the one who drinks and drives. This very emotional and heart-wrenching event illustrated to students the potentially dangerous consequences of their use of alcohol while driving, regardless of how casual they believe their use is.
This elaborate school-wide event included pulling “DUI victims” out of class by CHP and the reading of their obituaries, grave stones in the quad, a realistic crash scene attended by our local police, fire, and rescue personnel, ambulance, Life-Flight helicopter ride, and trip to jail for the “crash victims,” victims parents being visited at home and work by police chaplains to be informed of their child’s “death,” and a tear-jerking “memorial” with a moving recounting of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving by Rio’s own, school secretary Karen Cassady.
If your children haven’t talked to you about Tuesday and Wednesday’s events, please ask them about and its impact on them.
This amazing program for our students was made possible by a community of people who’ve been working on this since last year (including Rio’s graduating class of 2016). The great amount of fundraising and coordination was led by Beth McClure, the E15M Committee Chairwoman and PTSA Special Programs Chair. Working with PTSA president, Laurie Baker, and Rio & Beyond Director, Anne Del Core and the CA CHP Rio was able to bring this sobering illustration of the dangers of drinking (and distracted) driving to Rio students in hopes of inspiring good choices of saving lives.
Just another example of #GreatThingsHappeningAtRio