Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, on the high school football field, Kimball Area High School will be hosting a mock crash for Kimball High School students highlighting the frightening and tragic realities of an alcohol-related crash. Underage-alcohol use is a serious issue with recent statistics published by MADD reporting more than half of all persons aged 12 to 20 have used alcohol at one point in their lives. Graduation and prom raise special concerns because they are celebratory, end-of-the-school-year events. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 300 teens die each year on prom night in alcohol-related car accidents. The mock crash event was conceived by Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Squad member Dave Traurig after witnessing a similar event in Wayzata, and will be coordinated by the Fire and Rescue Squad; with the assistance of the Kimball Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff's Department, Watkins Ambulance Service, Lifelink, Dingmann Funeral Care and Minnesotan's for Safe Driving. Members of the Kimball Area High School's administration, including high school Principal Erik Widvey, have also been involved in mock crash events in the past and have found the experience sends a "powerful message" to students. Students will view the mock crash from the home football field stands. The mock crash is also open to parents and community members who would like to observe this important event and they may view it from the high school football stands as well. Although adults are welcome to attend, this event is primarily for the students and meant to be viewed and experienced by them as a group. After the event, students will be meeting with classroom teachers and will have an opportunity to ask questions. Please contact high School Principal Erik Widvey at (320) 398-7700 ext. 309 with any questions. The Kimball Area Public Schools and the Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Squad, in addition to the groups noted above who are assisting, should be thanked and commended for their initiative in coordinating this significant and potentially life-altering event for students. It underlines what can be accomplished when the school and community join forces to provide opportunities for our students and it is a source of pride for us all. Again, thank you to all who are giving freely of their time and resources to make this event happen. On a similar note, much gratitude is owed to the Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Squad for providing and manning fire and rescue vehicles used after high school pep fests, promoting students participating in activities, especially those amazing students who were recent participants in a state tournament. Increasing student participation in activities is an ongoing goal and it is important to show them that their hard work and effort is recognized. A great deal of credit and appreciation is also due to the Kimball Schools administration for their efforts to promote student achievement through activities like pep fests. This year has been a tremendous growing year for Kimball Schools in terms of positive student, parent, and community communication and cooperation. "Share the Pride, Show the Pride, Grow the Pride."