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Record Number: 3120
Displayed from: May 01, 2007 , until: May 06, 2007
FORT WAYNE, Ind., May 1, 2007 R. Nelson Snider High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is hosting a mock crash at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 2 at the high school, 4600 Fairlawn Pass, Fort Wayne. This Pre-Prom activity, featuring a mock traffic crash featuring response from Parkview Samaritan Helicopter, Fort Wayne City Communications, Fort Wayne Fire and Police departments, as well as Three Rivers Ambulance Authority demonstrates what can happen when a student makes the choice to combine drinking alcoholic beverages and operating a vehicle. In this case, the result will be a mock fatal wreck and a charge of vehicular homicide and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). We have been trying to alternate how we present this so that the message doesn't become routine, said Pat Christie, SADD Sponsor and School Nurse. Last year we had the Victim Impact Trial with testimony from teen and adult character witnesses as well as the 'victim's' family in front of a judge with attorneys for the prosecution and defense. Through these reenactments, we are able to show students the impact a decision like this has and the ripple effect on so many lives, she added. SADD's philosophy is that young people, empowered to help each other, are the most effective force in prevention. Since the founding of SADD over two decades ago, teenage deaths due to drinking and driving have decreased by 60 percent nationally. Contract for Life and friends don't let friends drive drunk are now part of the teenage vernacular. Snider's Prom will be Saturday, May 5th.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.