Safe driving seminar attempts to save lives

On Friday, May 20, there will be a ninety minute driving seminar for all Leesville Road students. The seminar will be titled “Alive at 25” and will reach out to students and parents.

In the seminar, Matt Thomson, NC Safety Officer,  will cover four different topics. These topics include: why teens are the most at risk, the seven deadly hazards, the collision prevention formula and making the right driving decisions.

Earlier this week the PTSA emailed parents of students a flyer containing all information about the event.

“My mom forwarded that email to me,” said Michael Meli, junior. “I’m not totally convinced it will refresh my awareness on the road.”

The PTSA also convinced the administration to broadcast a documentary called “the Last Text” throughout the school.

Thomson will conduct the seminar. He will present an abbreviated version of the full-length seminar that lasts four hours. This session is free to the students because the PTSA is sponsoring the event.

The seminar will start at 2:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. There will be pizza and snacks provided by the PTSA.

“I’m being pressured to attend the seminar,” said Cody Riley, senior. “But now, since there’s pizza, I might be more than willing to go.”

At the end of the session, there will be a drawing for a $50 gift certificate donated by the Citgo gas station at Leesville and Norwood roads.

“The extra gas money is another thing that may get people like me to go,” said Riley. “This money could help anyone out; especially when gas is at four dollars a gallon.”

The PTSA also asks all students who are interested in this seminar to RSVP at The PTSA encourages students to attend the entire 4-hour seminar at the NC Safety Office in the near future.

“I think I will try to the hour-and-a-half one to see if is enough to refresh me,” said Meli. “If that doesn’t work, then maybe I’ll go to the four-hour one.”


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