Letter to editor: Superintendent thanks participating agencies in fatal crash scenario

April 11, 2014

in Local

Pollitt-2On Wednesday, Smith-Cotton High School students viewed a stirring reminder of the drastic implications of impaired and distracted driving with the presentation of “Every 15 Minutes,” a fatal collision scenario. Sedalia School District 200 schedules this presentation the week of Prom every other year to ensure that safe driving practices are front-of-mind for our students on that special night.

S-C High teachers Steve Schilb and Teri Turner coordinated this event with the help of Jamie Volk of the Sedalia Fire Department and Ben Banner of the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office. We offer our sincere thanks to these individuals for presenting such a riveting and effective demonstration.

There are many others to thank, as well, including the Pettis County Ambulance District, Pettis County Volunteer Firefighters, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, Sedalia Police Department, Sedalia Fire Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bothwell Regional Health Center, Heckart Funeral Home, Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home and Rae Funeral Chapel. We also appreciate the efforts of Washington Elementary Principal Lisa Volk, S-C Assistant Principal Robin Wyatte and all of the students who participated.

“Every 15 Minutes” refers to a heartbreaking statistic: Every 15 minutes, someone dies as the result of an alcohol-related collision. According to its website (every15minutes.com), the program is designed to “challenge students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.”

Again, we are thankful that local agencies and partners volunteered their time and resources in an effort to keep our students safe.

Brad Pollitt
Sedalia School District 200

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