Drunken driving message hits home

February 15, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Guest speakers, a casket and drunken-driving simulators are on their way to Franklin County through the Save A Life Tour.

Nonprofit organization Communities That Care brought the program to Waynesboro Area Senior High School twice in the past, but was unable to do so for two years because of school renovations. Now, the new 1,600-seat auditorium will allow the entire student body to hear the presentation self-billed as a "hard-hitting alcohol awareness, and anti-drinking and driving message."

Fundraising efforts that reached $17,000 have allowed Communities That Care to bring the program to other schools in the county in 2009.

"We're hoping this makes students stop and think, 'This could be me,'" said K. Marilyn Smith of Communities That Care.

She's especially glad that the Franklin County Career and Technology Center can be included, since those students often drive longer distances to school and spend more time on the roads.


The first county stop on the Save A Life Tour will be Chambersburg Area Senior High School on Feb. 27. Waynesboro will be visited by the presenters on March 6.

Smith said the trained guest speakers talked about personal experiences and elicited tears in years past.

"They're young enough that the student body can relate to them," she said.

Communities That Care funded the program the first year it came to Waynesboro. For the second year, however, the organization needed to seek outside assistance and found willing donors in the McCleafs from Mountain Gate Restaurant.

Expanding to a countywide initiative involved several people fundraising, including a student from Fannett-Metal High School. Smith said the efforts will pay off if they can save just one teenager from a driving-under-the-influence crash.

Save A Life Tour

Communities That Care

c/o K. Marilyn Smith


By mail:

12365 Wedgewood Drive, Waynesboro, PA 17268

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