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Greencastle-Antrim High students seeking money to save lives

Group is $1,200 short of goal to be stop on campaign against drunken driving

Group is $1,200 short of goal to be stop on campaign against drunken driving

February 29, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A recent decision to help students understand the cost of drinking and driving has shown the Peer Leaders of Greencastle-Antrim High School that saving a life also comes at a price.

The group has less than 10 days to raise the more than $1,200 of a $4,200 fee required to be a stop on the National Save A Life Tour.

An in-your-face campaign against drunken driving, the Save A Life Tour puts students in the driver's seat of a simulated drunken-driving experience to demonstrate the reality of choosing to drive under the influence.

Ethan Goldbach, a junior at the high school, said Peer Leaders have spent the last two weeks soliciting donations from business and civic organization to raise the fee for being a stop on the national tour.

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The effort will not be in vain, he said.

"I know we can accomplish our goal of raising this money in such a short time," he said.

Goldbach's confidence grew after more than $2,100 of the money was raised in just one day.

When Goldbach and two other members of the group approached the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors Tuesday, the group still was more than $3,000 short of its goal of raising $4,200 by Friday.

Despite receiving a $500 pledge from the township Tuesday, Goldbach said he was not optimistic,

"Sitting there, I was not sure we would accomplish our goal," he said.

After the checks began pouring in Wednesday morning, his doubt turned to optimism.

The group's advisers, guidance counselor Diane Reed and psychology teacher Jen Everetts, decided to take donations through next week, hoping the extra time would help the students raise the full amount.

"It is right there, our goal, and we are trying to see what else we can do in the next few days to get there," Reed said.

She said Greencastle-Antrim High School already has booked Save A Life for May 7, but added that if most of the money is not raised by mid-March, she will have to call and cancel.

Goldbach said the students need the message of Save A Life, especially around prom, which is scheduled for May 10.

"All sorts of kids come home from the weekend and talk about getting drunk with friends," he said.

While the group concentrated its fundraising efforts on businesses and civic organization, Everetts said individuals in the community have chosen to donate to the cause as well.

"We are hoping to communicate the significance of bringing this tour here and how it benefits not just the students, but the community as well," Everetts said.

Anyone wishing to contribute can make checks payable to Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School, 300 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, PA 17225.

All checks should indicate the money is for "Peer Leaders" on the memo line, she said.

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