Brown bag­ging it

Stu­dents in Marystown and Burin spread mes­sages to dis­cour­age im­paired driv­ing

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL MARYSTOWN, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­

Stu­dents from Grades 5-7 at Sa­cred Heart Acad­emy in Marystown and as well as grade 3-7 stu­dents at Jamieson Acad­emy in Burin re­cently took part in an Im­paired Aware­ness cam­paign to bring at­ten­tion to the is­sue of im­paired driv­ing.

The Burin Penin­sula Chap­ter of MADD Canada, as well as the RCMP’s Marystown de­tach­ment part­nered for the cam­paign that ran over the Vic­tory Day week­end.

Stu­dents were pro­vided with bags and asked to de­sign and draw a mes­sage re­lated to the dan­gers of driv­ing while im­paired.

Sa­cred Heart art teacher Jeremy Cribb said they had around 100 bags to de­sign. It was up to the stu­dents what they wanted to draw on the bags. The group also wrote mes­sages on the bags.

The bags were dis­trib­uted to in­di­vid­u­als that pur­chased prod­ucts from the lo­cal lo­ca­tion of the New­found­land and Labrador Liquor Cor­po­ra­tion.

Cribb said stu­dents en­joyed tak­ing part in the cam­paign.

“A lot put a nice bit of ef­fort into de­sign­ing them, a lot of them thought it was im­por­tant,” he said.

Many of the stu­dents said it was im­por­tant to get the word out about the dan­gers of driv­ing while im­paired.

“They shouldn’t drink and drive be­cause peo­ple are think­ing about (them) and peo­ple want them to be safe,” wrote 12-year-old Kiera Fitz­patrick.

Ari­ana King, 12, said not only can im­paired driv­ing threaten the life of the driver, but oth­ers on the road as well.

“Think about it,” she said. “How would you feel hav­ing some­one tell you that your sib­ling, loved one, or even your par­ents have died in a crash or were in­jured due to a drunk driver?”

Abby Far­rell Powell, a Grade 6 stu­dent at Sa­cred Heart said the de­signs could play a role in a per­son’s de­ci­sion to get be­hind the wheel while im­paired.

“It could even safe a life,” Abby said.


Stu­dents from Sa­cred Heart Acad­emy de­liv­ered the bags they worked on with the mes­sages to dis­cour­age im­paired driv­ing over the long week­end in May.


The bags cre­ated by stu­dents at schools in Marystown and Burin were on dis­play at the New­found­land and Labrador Liquor Cor­po­ra­tion lo­ca­tion in Marystown over the Vic­to­ria Day Week­end.

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