Every 15 Minutes Program
In May 2011 the WHHS PTSA sponsored the powerful Every 15 Minutes Program for the students.
To view the photo album from the 2011 event, click the link below.
Life's lessons are best learned through real life experience. Unfortunately, when the target audience is a group of teenagers and the topic is effects of drinking and driving, we would not chose experience as the teacher of choice.
The Every 15 Minutes Program offers the opportunity to experience real-life without the real-life risks. The emotionally charged program, Every 15 Minutes, is an large scale event designed to dramatically influence teenagers with the true, potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol. This powerful program challenges students to think about drinking, personal safety, and the important responsibility of making mature decisions when real lives are involved.
The focus of this real-experience assembly stresses that the decision to consume alcohol can affect many people, not just the one who drinks. This heart-wrenching, emotional event will illustrate to students, the dangerous consequences of alcohol consumption, regardless of how casual they believe their use may be.
At the beginning of the event, the "Grim Reaper" calls a selected students out of class. There is one student removed from a class every 15 minutes. A police officer enters the classroom to read an obituary which has been written by the "dead" student's parent(s). The obituary explains the circumstances of their classmate's demise and highlights the contributions the student has made to the school and the community. A few minutes later, the student returns to class as the "living dead." The "living dead" are complete with white face make-up, a black Every 15 Minutes T-shirt and a coroner's tag. From that point they return to class, "victims" will not speak or interact with any of the other students for the remainder of the school day. Simultaneously, a group of uniformed officers will be making a mock death notifications to the parents of the "dead" students. Notifications are made at their home or place of employment.
After lunch, a simulated traffic collision is staged on the school grounds. A team of rescue workers will treat injured student participants. These student participants will experience first hand, the sensations of being involved in a tragic, alcohol-related collision. The coroner will handle the multiple fatalities on the scene, while the injured students will be extricated by the fire-fighters and paramedics using the jaws-of-life. Police Officers will go through the process of investigating, arresting, and booking the student "drunk driver". The experience will continue for the student participants as they are taken on an actual trip to the morgue, the hospital emergency room, and then to a local police department jail for the purpose of being booked for "drunk driving".
"Dear Mom and Dad, every fifteen minutes someone in the United States dies from an alcohol related traffic collision, and today I died. I never had the chance to tell you......."
As a part of the program, parents will also be asked to write similar letters to their children. The letters from students and parents will be shared the following day when parents and students are reunited at a school assembly.
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