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OSAID Week sends sobering message to high school students at KDSS

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Standing with the crashed car memorial Friday, are Kincardine District Secondary School OSAID (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving) members: teacher Christine Newton (L), Carol Stares, teacher Jennifer Evans, Jessica Brown, Andrew Moreau, Maica Glipo, Jessilyn Wolfe, teacher Sandy MacLeod, Angelique Webster and Eliza Bumba

The Kincardine District Secondary School OSAID (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving) group spent all of last week sending a sobering message to high school students about the consequences of drinking and driving.

This is the 25th anniversary of OSAID and the awareness week began with a quiz day on Monday, and on Tuesday students were taken out of class by the "Grim Reaper" and pronounced dead due to an impaired driver. All of that person's friends wore name tags which stated they, too, had been affected by the death of their friend.

Wednesday was pledge day when staff and students pledged on a cut-out hand not to get into or on a vehicle with someone who is impaired.

Mitch Dorge, drummer for "The Crash Test Dummies," was the main attraction Thursday morning as he provided a humorous but poignant talk, sponsored by The Co-operators.

Friday morning was the crashed car memorial for victims of impaired driving. This featured a smashed car, the reading of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) victim tributes in each class, and the laying of a flower at the crash site by one or two students from each class.

This memorial is done with help from Ron and Julie McGuire of Huron Auto Wreckers.

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Jory Norman (L) and Andreas Derksen, Grade 11, place flowers on the crashed car

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Brenda Christie, manager of the LCBO in Kincardine, stands with some of the awareness boxes created by elementary students in the DARE program

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Kristy Parsons (L) and Kelly Johnson, Grade 10 students at KDSS, place flowers on the crashed car

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Students stand in silence beside the crashed car memorial at KDSS

The OSAID group also worked with South Bruce OPP constable Kevin Martin, community services officer, and the elementary student DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. The students put "Don't Drink and Drive" messages on LCBO boxes and bags to be used during the holiday weekend as another form of community awareness.

Thanks to Miller Insurance for helping fund attendance at the provincial OSAID leadership conference each May.


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