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 Ken Sogge
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From: Friday, October 3, 2014 8:29 AM -0600
Subject:P.A.R.T.Y. at Winston
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        We all wish we were Superman, or Batman, or maybe even Aquaman. We all want to be able to save the world and be known as a hero- or at least we want to be just super- strong or fast or smart or what all teenagers already believe, they are- invincible. The unfortunate truth is that those hero’s exist on pages, us humans exist out in the world- and no one is invincible. On September 23rd the P.A.R.T.Y. program came to Watrous to spread the awareness on how human we all really are.
        P for Prevent, A for Alcohol, R for Related, T for Trauma and Y for Youth. The Watrous EMS and P.A.R.T.Y. program put on this event for the grade 10-11 students for the entire Tuesday. The day was set for a certain reason, to make students aware of how certain decisions under the influence of alcohol can not only risk your life, but others around you as well. The day started off with all the students splitting up into groups. From then everyone hauled themselves outside for a “Mock Crash” put on by the Fire Department, EMS and a few senior Drama students. The Crash was an emotional scene that kicked off the entire day. After the accident the students went over to the hospital to watch presentations from the Ambulance, Fire Fighters, Nurses and Physical Therapy. The students got to witness how patients were examined for injuries, how the fire fighter equipment worked, and even got to experience the hard reality of Physical Therapy. Lunch time was something of an enjoyable challenge. The students were posed with a scenario that left them with a disability. The task was to eat their lunch with their disability, some were blind folded, and some had only the use of one socked hand. It was most definitely challenging and entertaining. Afterwards they sat back and enjoyed three inspiring and informational presentations by P.A.R.T.Y. members, including a car crash accident survivor and the Watrous Police.
        The program definitely had an effect on all the students. All eyes were opened a little wider, facts were turned into myth and myths were turned to fact. The Winston students were lucky to have such an opportunity presented by such an amazing group of people. Every student left feeling more aware and educated, it was definitely a worthwhile experience. Thanks to everyone in Watrous who participated and helped, and of course to the P.A.R.T.Y. program who came out to educate the students of Winston!
        Sarah Davidson
        Winston High School
        School Reporter
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