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Dry Grads driving home the perils of drinking and driving

By Don Fennell

Published 10:24 PDT, Tue June 25, 2019

Last Updated: 1:07 PDT, Tue June 25, 2019

A haunting message imploring students not to drink and drive is the winner of the Richmond Sentinel’s second annual Dry Grad video competition.

A haunting message imploring students not to drink and drive is the winner of the Richmond Sentinel’s second annual Dry Grad video competition.

Eliciting such viewer comments as “gave me the chills!,” the Marketing 12 class at Matthew McNair Secondary created a raw, straight-ahead portrait of the perils of getting behind the wheel while impaired.

For Grade 12 students, high school graduation is an important rite of passage; a starting-off point before entering adulthood. But since the mid-1990s an increasing number of schools and parents are supporting the idea of staging a “dry” after-grad party, intent on reducing the risk of alcohol or drug-related harm to the grads. It ensures the well-being of our future leaders: the aspiring doctors, nurses, teachers, plumbers, artists, carpenters, entrepreneurs, engineers, restauranteurs and researchers.

Parent volunteers from across Richmond gathered months in advance to plan these celebrations at our local high schools. Without their tireless work, care and attention the students’ dry grads wouldn’t be possible or nearly as fun and rewarding.

Again this year, local businesses and individuals stepped up to show their support for the Grad Class of 2019 and the dry grad initiative.

In particularly we extend special thanks to the contest sponsors: our four MLAs Linda Reid, John Yap, Teresa Wat and Jas Johal; White Spot, Boston Pizza and the Richmond District Parents Association.

The grand prize is $250 from the RDPA, along with a $150 pizza party from Boston Pizza and back cover photo in the July 2019 edition of the Richmond Sentinel.

Congratulations also to all the other students for their entries in the 2019 Dry Grad Contest. Well done!

And to the teachers, thank you for helping guide the Grade 12 students with their projects.

“It takes a village to raise a child” may be an over-used cliche, but certainly appropriate in this context.

Have a safe, and happy summer!

—Don Fennell

Editor

The Richmond Sentinel

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