Students who ‘dew right thing’ rewarded
Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:47
Every car that left West Point-Beemer High School’s parking lot Friday afternoon was stopped and checked to see if the driver (and passengers) were wearing seat belts as part of its ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaign for National Teen Driver Safety Week.
If so, students (and even some parents in vehicles) received a Mountain Dew for doing the right thing by buckling up. A total of 204 cans of pop were handed out.
“All in all, not a bad day,” West Point-Beemer High School Principal DJ Weddle said.
The West Point Police Department assisted WPPS in handing out the Mountain Dew, which was donated by Lincoln St. Market.
Checking for seat belt usage wasn’t the only way West Point-Beemer was trying to ensure safe driving that day. School officials also took the opportunity to help students avoid the urge of texting and driving.
“We talked to each driver and discussed where their cell phone was so they wouldn’t be tempted to use it and be distracted,” Weddle added.
This wrapped up a week of activities, which helped promote safe teen driving. Other activities that were done included the student council creating posters, and the digital media class producing videos that had actual examples of safe driving.
“We’re just trying to reinforce awareness to students. We want to remind students what they should be doing,” Weddle said. “But it’s something they need to be doing all the time. It’s the little things they do all the time that have big impacts.”