On March 3rd, all DHS students witnessed a reenactment on campus of a drunk driving car accident. This is part of the Every 15 Minutes program that is sponsored by the California Highway Patrol, and highlights the dangers of drinking and driving. This reenactment was very realistic, with police, fire, ambulances, and even a coroner responding the the mock crash scene that was staged on the black top. Thirty-One students from DHS and Valley were direct participants, either made-up to look as if they had been in the accident, or placed around the perimeter as "living dead" students who were pulled from their classes earlier in the day by the "Grim Reaper."
On March 4th, all students attended an assembly organized like a funeral for those who "died" in the mock crash or were taken by the grim reaper the day before. There was a guest speaker talking about how a drunk driving accident impacted her family, and some of our student participants will speak about their experiences.
This program runs every four years in Dublin so every student has a chance to see it one time during their high school career. We have found over the years that it has a real and lasting impact on our students.
In addition, in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), we held a parent information night on Wednesday, March 9th from 7-9 in the Student Union. MADD will give their Power of Parents presentation, letting you know how you can help keep teens from driving under the influence. In addition we will be there to answer any questions you might have about the Every 15 Minutes program.
In years past we've hired a video production company to create the video that is shown during Every 15 Minutes. This year, the short film was created by Advanced Video Production students. Please take the time to watch the video and to talk to your student about their experiences with this program and how it will make them think about future choices.
To learn more about the Every 15 Minutes program CLICK HERE.