St. Patrick’s Catholic High School held Impact Day, a trauma prevention program created and supported by London Health Sciences. The presentation, in partnership with the Lambton Safe Roads Committee, is designed to inform teens and prevent injuries. It included firsthand accounts of the social, economic and health outcomes of risk-taking behaviours.
“This program is intended to speak directly to high school students and to provide them with the tools necessary to make informed decisions about risk-taking,” says Robert Cicchelli, Principal of St. Patrick’s Catholic High School.
The day included a mock accident in front of the school, which was be seen by all students and staff as they entered the building at the start of the school day. Sarnia Police Services provided this visual as a clear depiction of the possible harm that can come from distracted or careless driving.
Two guest speakers also provided students with real-life awareness of distracted driving and the risks that come with the use of drugs or alcohol. In addition, Grade 12 students had an opportunity to learn more at information booths that were set up in the gym.
Partners for the day included: Bluewater Health, Lambton Public Health, EMS, Sexual Assault Survival Centre, Sarnia Police Services, London Health Sciences, Ministry of Transportation, Sarnia Fire and Rescue, MADD, Arrive Alive, The HUB, Northgate Pharmacy and Findley’s Driving School.
“We know this is valuable information for teenagers everywhere; however, some parts of the message were difficult to hear,” says Mr. Cicchelli. “Counsellors were on hand for the day for any student who needed additional support during any part of the presentation.”
In the photo (top left) are (L-R) Hillary Dagg, Event Speaker; Robert Cicchelli, Principal, St. Patrick's Catholic High School; Student Danielle Green; Brandon Batey, Injury Prevention Specialist, London Health Sciences Centre; and Kathryn Field, Event Speaker.