May 25, 2016
Mock Crash encourages responsible decision-making
Upper St. Clair High School held a Mock Crash on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in the front parking lot of the high school. The event, attended by students and staff, is held annually as a pre-prom activity.
Sponsored by the high school’s Natural Helpers Program, the Mock Crash was conducted in cooperation with the Upper St. Clair Township Police, the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department and Tri-Community EMS. Each year, Bert L. Ghelarducci Jr. & Sons, an auto repair shop in Bridgeville, generously provides the vehicles used in the mock crash.
First responders along with several high school students portrayed a ‘real life’ scenario of an alcohol-related crash. The staged crash is designed to encourage responsible decision-making. A wrecked vehicle will remain at the high school’s theatre entrance throughout the week as a reminder of the effects of drinking and driving.
The Upper St. Clair High School Prom is set for Tuesday, June 7, at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.
The Natural Helpers Program, established at Upper St. Clair in 1989, is based on a simple premise: Within every school, an informal “helping network” exists. Students with problems naturally seek out other students—and adults—whom they trust. The Natural Helpers Program utilizes this existing helping network and provides training to students and adults who are already serving as informal helpers. It gives them skills to help others more effectively and places to turn to when they are not able to help.