Wednesday, April 17, 2002
The Oregon State Police is facilitating the "Every 15 Minutes" program at Hood River Valley High School Thursday and Friday. The anti-drinking/driving program aimed at helping students make better choices, according to OSP. Members of the school's OSSOM (Oregon Student Safety on the Move) club have helped organize the two-day program.
On Thursday at 8:15 a.m., the program begins with classes taught by police officers with the "Grim Reaper" roving around and tapping pre-selected students to pose as "the walking dead" -- representing young people killed in car accidents involving alcohol. Guest speakers also will visit classes, including Smokey Mainwaring, step-father of Trisha Thornton who was killed in January in a speed-racing accident. Thursday's class presentations continue until 1:30 p.m. The "walking dead" students will not go home that night, but will stay at a local hotel by prearrangement.
On Friday at 10 a.m. there is an assembly for juniors and seniors in the auditorium featuring guest speakers and a skit by student actors.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge