PICs – Every decision counts

Students at Donnelly G.P. Vanier School and Ecole Heritage School learned lessons about impacts of drinking and driving during the annual Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth [PARTY] program in High Prairie on May 8. “The PARTY program aims to reduce death and injury in alcohol, drug and risk-related crashes and incidents,” says Jenny-Leigh Solomon, PARTY program co-ordinator and High Prairie health promotions facilitator for Alberta Health Services. Students attended several workshops and heard from several guest speakers on the impact of poor decisions. Guest speaker Amanda Oling shared her tragic story of her 55-year-old father, who was burned beyond recognition in a head-on collision with a 19-year-old man who was impaired in a stolen welding truck in 2004. In the top photo, High Prairie E.W. Pratt High School student Carlie Strebchuk plays the role of a deceased woman in a mock accident where a drunk driver killed her. Below, Ecole Heritage students gaze at a rather large needle that may be used in case of accidents. In front, left-right, are Meera Sylvain and Zachary Mussio. In back, left-right, are Wyatt Cuthbertson, Joshua St. Andre and Sylan Dion.

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