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Shattered Dreams program at FHS next week

By Shana Fleming

Friona High School and Parmer County Texas AgriLife Extension Service will be hosting the Shattered Dreams program May 2nd and 3rd in Friona. Shattered Dreams is an educational program that can help save the lives of young people and others. Planned by community and school personnel, the program shows high school students how their dreams and those of their families and others can be shattered as a result of distracted driving.

The comprehensive two-day program involves several activities that educate youth by dramatizing the problems associated with distracted driving. On the first day, students representing those who die in alcohol related accidents will leave the classroom to become members of the Living Dead. In addition, other students will participate in a staged auto crash behind the High School on 9th street. The crash will take place at 10:00 and be treated as if it was a real accident.

Emergency personnel, including Friona Fire Department, Friona EMS, Friona Police Department, Parmer County Sheriff’s office, and Texas Department of Highway Patrol, will arrive at the school. Aero Care out of Clovis will also set a helicopter down on the practice football field. Students will be treated for “mock” injuries. Members will be taken in the ambulance and helicopter to Parmer County Medical Center. Others will be cut out of the wrecked cars with the Jaws of Life by the Friona Fire Department and one will be taken away from the scene in a hearse provided by Blackwell Funeral Home.

After the Mock Crash, participants will be taken to Lubbock for a field trip. During the field trip students will tour the University Medical Center Trauma Unit and Burn Unit and the Medical Examiner’s Office. The students will then return to Friona where they will attend an overnight leadership retreat at First Baptist Church.

Friday, May 3rd, the participants will return to school where the entire High School will attend a Mock Memorial. The Memorial will begin at 9:00 in the school auditorium and will include a mock funeral, a video of the event, and guest speaker Trey Ellis, Parmer County Judge.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. You are asked to please stop at the High School Office and sign in. If you have any questions you may contact Shana Fleming at 481-3619 or Friona High School at 250-3951.