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Keys To Life Program:

posted May 14, 2018, 8:24 AM by East Burke High School

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On May 24, 2018, East Burke High School will be hosting The Keys to Life program. National statistics show that every 15 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured in an alcohol-related automobile crash.

The long-term objective of the Keys to Life program is to heighten awareness of the consequences of underage alcohol use with an emphasis on and around special occasions and events. The Keys to Life program is aimed at high school and college students to increase their awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol, particularly during the prom and graduation seasons.

Volunteer students are pre-selected prior to the day of the program. Every 15 minutes throughout the school day, a heartbeat is played over the school's PA system and the Grim Reaper appears in a classroom to take one of the volunteer students away. These students' faces are painted gray and they are provided a black t-shirt to symbolize their deaths. The students are then escorted back to class by the school resource officer and their obituary read aloud to the class. To reinforce their "death," the student may not speak to or interact with classmates for the remainder of the school day.

The mock car accident scene will take place at 2 p.m. at Cavalier Stadium and are made to look very realistic. The mock accident scenes are complete with simulated casualties, emergency services personnel, news reporters, and arrests of drunk drivers. The scenes are made to look as real as possible so that the students will experience what it would be like to see their friend zipped up in a body bag or their classmate arrested for drunk driving.