Weatherford Democrat

April 16, 2014

Aledo ISD "Shattered Dreams" and parent workshop

Weatherford Democrat

— Aledo ISD high school students will get a taste of what it’s like to be in a car accident with fatalities Thursday, April 17th, and Friday, April 18th, as they participate in “Shattered Dreams,” a program designed to save lives. A parent workshop about the topics addressed in the program has been set from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17.

Planned by the Aledo ISD Police Department and Community Partners, the dramatic and impacting program shows students how their own dreams and those of their families can be lost in an instant as a consequence of underage drinking and impaired driving.

Thursday, students will view a mock crash scene on film, previously enacted by their fellow students. Then, every 15 minutes, as the public address system broadcasts the sounds of a car crash, students are randomly pulled from their classes, made up to reflect their loss of life and returned to class to represent those who are lost every day in alcoholic car crashes.

Thursday night, program volunteers attend an overnight leadership retreat.

On Friday, a mock memorial assembly will include motivational speeches by participants and community leaders.

Parent Awareness Workshop

A parent awareness workshop about teenage impaired and distracted driving will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Don R. Daniel Ninth Grade Center, 990 Bailey Ranch Road.

Speakers include Constable Scott Jones, retired from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; Dr. Jeff Link, director of education at Weatherford Regional Hospital; and

Sgt. Shannon Bell, of the Aledo ISD Police Department.

Due to the graphic discussions and videos, parents should not bring their children.

Refreshments will be provided by The Coffee House, Aledo United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church at the Crossroads, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and Christ’s Chapel West.