Brown bagging it
Students in Marystown and Burin spread messages to discourage impaired driving
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.