JRHS students were pulled out of class for a “Ghost Out” Day to promote safe driving habits. Pictured from left are (back row) Blake Sawyer, Isaiah Allen, Carolynn Seymour, Morgan Gozzo, Tiffany Brandt, (front row) Kyle Harrell, Molly Hand, Amber Tiller and Haylee Corvin. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Kyle
James River YOVASO organized several events to educate students and the community about the importance of driving safely. The Arrive Alive campaign focused on the week of April 30 – May 2 leading up to the James River prom.
YOVASO started and ended the campaign with a distracted driving check as school was dismissed. This gave documentation that the campaign helped students minimize distractions and drive more safely.
To make the campaign fun, students competed for prizes in a banner design contest and a school wide scavenger hunt. Over 200 prizes were dispersed throughout the week!
We would like to give a special thanks to Subway in Eagle Rock, Verizon Wireless Zone in Daleville, Advanced Auto, Bellacino’s, and the Family Christian Bookstore in Roanoke for their donations supporting this campaign.
Recognizing a more serious side of the safe driving message, nine students represented the statistics of deaths by unsafe driving and were pulled out of class for a “Ghost Out” Day. The students are pictured from left to right, Back Row: Blake Sawyer, Isaiah Allen, Carolynn Seymour, Morgan Gozzo, Tiffany Brandt, Front Row: Kyle Harrell, Molly Hand, Amber Tiller, and Haylee Corvin.
The Botetourt Fire and Rescue Squad from Buchanan and Eagle Rock assisted by Hugh’s Transport set up a graphic display of a serious traffic accident for students to view during lunches.
On May 2, the week culminated with a morning assembly. Jamie Talbott introduced guest speakers, Ron Long and Sammi King. Ron Long’s daughter, Hannah, and Sammi King’s older sister, Susan, are both victims in recent driving accidents. The entire school was deeply moved by the seriousness of these tragedies. We really appreciate Mr. Long and Mrs. King for speaking at the assembly. Thank you for helping educate James River students about the importance and necessity of always driving safely.
– Submitted by Rebecca Kyle and Amanda Marshall