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Community Works Together On Program

April 12, 2011
Emmetsburg News

To the Editor:

How grateful I am to be part of this community..

Every 15 Minutes a teen-ager in the United States will make the choice to drink and drive; this choice will cost someone their life..what a sad statistic.

Knowing that the decision to drink and drive can have such a devastating effect on our youth, a group of community organizations chose to take a stand and brought the cold reality of that choice to the students. A two-day event was held at Emmetsburg High School on April 6 and 7.

These two days were designed to help students understand the consequences of drinking and driving as well as provide them with tools to use when faced with this decision. This program was possible only through the commitment and cooperation of numerous organizations in our community.

In a world where time is precious and plates are full of day-to-day responsibilities I am thankful for their willingness to take on this project and dedicate the time to make it a reality. Hats off to the Emmetsburg High School staff, Palo Alto County Sheriff's office, Hope Haven, Joyce Funeral Home, Palo Alto County Health System, Emmetsburg Police, Emergency Management, Wickman's Auto, Iowa Lakes Community College, Palo Alto County Ambulance Service, Emmetsburg Fire Department, City of Emmetsburg, and Palo Alto County Attorney Office. As well as the parents involved in the planning and the unsuspecting students who suddenly found their lives turned upside down.

It was amazing to watch as these groups worked together, the program became a reality, and the impact on the students as the day's events unfolded. How grateful I am for the opportunity to live and work in this community.

(signed) Sheryl Darling, EMS Coordinator



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