Shattered Dreams 2014 at LEHS

For years, the program Shattered Dreams has impacted high school students all over the country with its anti-drinking and driving presentations.

Now, students at Little Elm High School will have the opportunity to hear the message on April 17.

Lobo students will be engaged with Shattered Dreams that Thursday through an “educational experience” focused on the dangers associated with drinking and driving through the re-enactment of a car accident. Emergency officials will be on hand at the scene of the accident.

Students involved in the LEHS Advanced Audio-Video club have written the script that will be played out during the re-enactment and will be filming the entire program. Student-actors will be used, as well.

“I’m always amazed at how well our student-actors do,” said Correne Lynch, Little Elm ISD program manager for communities in schools. “They take it seriously and put their heart and soul into it.”

The junior and senior classes at LEHS will visit the re-enactment scene and watch a video, Lynch said. The freshman and sophomore classes will watch a Shattered Dreams video from a previous year.

“Be prepared to be surprised,” Lynch said. “It’s going to be very impactful.”

High school administration has reported that law enforcement officials plan to temporarily close the west border of the LEHS campus along Waterside Drive on Thursday morning at 7 a.m. to prepare for the event. Traffic will not be allowed to pass until the area opens back up between 11 a.m. and noon. 

A CareFlight helicopter will also be landing at the scene, Lynch said.

“We apologize for the inconvenience, but know that you will join us in supporting this important event for our young people,” said Julie Zwahr, LEISD communication director, in a statement. “Too many young lives have already been lost, and countless others severely impaired because of the tragic consequences of underage drinking, and drinking combined with driving.”

According to drinkinganddriving.org, 59 out of every 10,000 people in Texas are arrested every year for driving under the influence of alcohol. In America on average, 12,000 people die every year in DUI-related accidents. On top of that, about 900,000 are arrested each year for driving under the influence of alcohol, and a full one-third of those arrested are repeat offenders.

For information on Shattered Dreams and participation at Little Elm High School, visit starlocalmedia.com.

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