"Forever Changed" offered to students, parents
Wednesday, April 09, 2008 6:00 pm
For the final Get Connected event of the 2007-08 school year, an outstanding program about underage drinking and driving under the influence has been planned. “Forever Changed” is a powerful program slated for May 6 at Hamilton High School which includes the following components:
- a mock accident on the Hamilton football field – 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
- free meal of hotdogs & soda at the school – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
- debriefing of the accident experience – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and
- a panel presentation about underage drinking and drug offenses – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hamilton is working in partnership with the Get Connected Program, Community Memorial Hospital, Froedtert Hospital, Waukesha County Drug Free Communities Support Program and the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club to make the program meaningful and help students understand the seriousness of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The mock accident and debriefing are intended to be powerful and emotional events as they recreate vivid, traumatic, real-life scenarios that effectively show the life-changing consequences of an accident. Parents who are not able to attend the afternoon portion of the program are encouraged to talk to their children who have attended it. The panel presentation, titled “Don’t Be the Missing Piece of the Puzzle,” includes a law enforcement officer, assistant district attorney, public defender, private attorney, Department of Health and Social Services caseworker, municipal judge and insurance agent. They will help parents and students understand the legal and financial impact of the accident.
Community members are invited to participate in any portion of the “Forever Changed” program. Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.
The rain date for the mock accident, hotdog meal and accident debriefing is May 7. The panel presentation will be May 6, rain or shine.
The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:
- age-appropriate information;
- networking with other parents;
- presentations from professionals; and
- guidance and support.
Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.
For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.