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July 9, 2012
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Shattered Dreams program teaches sobering lesson at North Tahoe High

TAHOE, Calif. — North Tahoe High School presented “Shattered Dreams,” a powerful two-day program planned by students and local law enforcement agencies to remind youth of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Despite a mishap involving a basketball, sprinklers in the gym, and an unexpected evacuation at NTHS, this year’s program nonetheless went off, otherwise, without a hitch.

“Shattered Dreams” involves the dramatization of an alcohol-related crash on the high school campus, complete with law enforcement response, emergency room treatment, family notifications, and the arrest and booking of the driver. The crash scene drama plays out before the student body during the school day, and throughout the day the other elements of the event unfold. To give students a better understanding the gravity of the situation, one student dresses as the “Grim Reaper” and appears periodically throughout the school day to select victims.

“I would like to thank our team of students, law enforcement and community members for their support and commitment to this important and impactful event for our youth,” said Dr. Rob Leri, TTUSD superintendent and Chief Learning Officer. Along with continuing the regular biannual NTHS Shattered Dreams, Leri says he looks forward to returning this type of program to Tahoe Truckee High School.

“Shattered Dreams” takes place every two years at NTHS, and brings up topics that teachers, parents and adults in supporting roles can consider and discuss with youth. The program started locally in 1998 at both TTUSD high schools by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and the Youth in Action Team after the loss of a family in a drunken driving crash in November of 1997. It is designed to take place toward the end of the school year, just before prom and the many opportunities for celebration surrounding graduation and the start of summer vacation, and is one of few that has run consistently for the past 12 years.

“It is an excellent reminder for parents to talk candidly and directly with their students about the importance of a safe, sane and sober end of the school year. We want all of our students to have all their dreams come true,” added Leri.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 9, 2012 08:02PM Published Jul 9, 2012 07:53PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.