Coordinated by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Cummings, Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services Coordinator Brent Smith, and Cumby High School Beta Club sponsors Susan Sontag and Anita Comer, “Shattered Dreams” was strategically conducted this week so that it will be fresh on the students’ minds for this weekend’s prom as well as other spring and summer activities.
“They’re having their prom this weekend. So we’re doing ‘Shattered Dreams’ now as they head toward that event. Traditionally, with prom, a lot parties go on and alcohol is often in the mix. We are tying to inform them the most detrimental thing can happen,” said Cummings.
Local agencies converged behind the school to simulate a two-car crash. The scenario presented was that a student who had been drinking left an event. The student’s car collided with a vehicle containing several other students. One student is killed, others injured and treated or transported by ambulance from the scene to a hospital. The parent of one student arrived on scene after learning her child was involved. The drunk driver is arrested.
High school students were staged just behind the mock “crash site” to view the scenario, with the exception of the high school students selected to enact the scenario.
“This makes it hit home more — have that much more impact, for them to ‘see’ it not just talk or hear about it. There are almost always some students that don’t take this seriously, then there are some at the wreck scene watching who are in tears. We consider this a success if just one student is saved,” Cummings noted.
Among the agencies participating to make the situation appear as authentic as possible were Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, CHS Beta Club and Junior Beta Club, Cumby Volunteer Fire Department, Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services, Cumby Police Department, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup, Texas Department of Public Safety, Benson Brothers Wrecker Service and Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
Comer, DPS Cpl. Brandon Stribling and Cummings spoke during the assembly.
Cummings also notes distracted driving can result in tragedy.
“We wanted to emphasize that this also applies to distracted driving too — texting, talking, dropping something in floor. If it falls, let it roll around until you get to the destination if you can. We want to stress if you are distracted in any way, a vehicle can become a deadly weapon,” Cummings said in an interview Wednesday.
This marks the second time in four years that the program has been held at CHS. The program was presented in 2010 and garnered an emotional response for several of the students watching.
In an effort to provide a safe alternative for those who attend prom, the CHS junior class is hosting Project Celebration, an all-night, alcohol-free, drug-free, after-prom party at Texas A&M University-Commerce immediately after Saturday night’s prom — roughly midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday, April 13.
All who attend prom are invited to Project Celebration, which will include a mechanical bull, jousting competitions, several inflatables, a gaming room, use of the heated outdoor swimming pool, sand volleyball court and basketball courts available at the TAMU-C Recreational Center. CHS partnered with Zumba instructor Naomi Wade March 30 to host a Zumbathon to help fund the after prom party. An account was also established at http://www.gofundme.com/7djfqc to allow anyone who wanted to help contribute to the party to make a donation.
As an added incentive, the after-prom party will include drawings for prizes such as a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 donated by Cumby Telephone, a $50 gift certificate from Crumpton TV, gift certificates redeemable at I-30 Fast Mart and many other gift cards and prizes.
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