The FCCLA team from Bridger who won first place at the State Conference for their anti-drunk driving project, “It’s Your Choice-Don’t Drink and Drive,” continues in its efforts to raise money to attend the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The three High School Juniors, Shaniah Schwend, Emily Tucker, and Katie Schroede, have spent the past months travelling to different schools to present their hands-on, awareness project, and are now hosting a variety of fundraising events for the opportunity to present at the conference in July.
For all three girls to attend, they need to raise at least $3,600. Thus, the group, along with parent support have began organizing fundraisers within the community, including hosting a bake sale/Schwan’s frozen food sale, Dodgeball Tournament, formal dance, community garage sale, and car wash.
After a drunk driver almost killed Shaniah’s brother, a well-known student and respected athlete in the community, in a brutal car crash, Shaniah and her longtime friends saw a cause that not only was close to their hearts, but also an opportunity to address the issue and the serious implications of drinking and driving.
The result was a meaningful hands-on presentation about driving under the influence. The team's state-winning FCCLA project included a display of their story/statistics, and the use of fatal vision/impairment goggles, which demonstrated the lack of hand-eye-coordination and response time when under the influence.
Due to the significance of drunk driving and success of their campaign, the girls have been invited to different schools to present their project. At the National Conference, they will introduce to the judges their final poster, which documented the assignment from start to finish.
While in Tennessee, FCCLA advisor, Vicki Kaufman said the girls will have some time to explore the city, but also will be attending workshops and conferences and participating in various education and leadership training.
“The trip is fun, but it’s still a lot of work,” Kaufman said.