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Morrin Students Against Drinking & Driving (SADD) Chapter “White Out Day”
“White Out Day” is an event that is meant to provide a visual of just how many people are lost to drinking & driving throughout the course of a day. In North America, one life is lost every 23 minutes due to impaired driving (roughly 3 per hour).
This event has been held twice at Morrin School (December 2011 & December 2012). Students in Grade 7-12 and staff members volunteer to have their names put into a random draw to be selected to represent actual victims of impaired driving all over North America, and have their faces painted white.
In order to increase the impact of this project, research needs to be done to find names and stories of real-life victims of impaired driving in North America. As there are 23 lives lost each day to impaired driving, one needs to calculate how many would be lost throughout the course of a typical school day. This works out to approximately 16 victims.
Volunteers for this project are recruited in-class by S.A.D.D. Chapter members, who explain the importance of the event, and what the white face-paint represents. These volunteers are then chosen randomly to represent actual victims of impaired driving.
On the actual “White Out Day”, a new student volunteer to represent a victim is randomly chosen every 23 minutes. Upon “dying”, they receive a name of a real-life victim to wear for the remainder of the day, and have their faces painted white by a participating S.A.D.D. Chapter member.
At the end of the day, all Junior/Senior High students and staff are called into the Gymnasium to hear the stories of the lives that were lost throughout the day. A lot of the victims tend to connect to one another in some way, and do not realize this until they read their stories aloud for everyone to hear.
Once the stories are read, the S.A.D.D. Chapter president or School Principal wraps up the event with a summary of what we did throughout the day, and how important it is to think before you drink and drive.
Overall feedback from the event has been positive. Students and staff request to have this event every year, due to the impact that it has on the students. Parents have also reported that the information from the day has made its way back to the home, which is great.
Having stories available in advance, and a list of student volunteers is beneficial. That way, the day of the event can run as smoothly as possible.
The Drumheller Mail has also covered this event each time, which also spreads awareness for impaired driving and our S.A.D.D. Chapter.
Contact person: Katie Pennock
Phone: (403) 772-3838