Making Important Choices (Contains WCAX Footage)

Colchester High School hosted a series of events on May 9 to encourage students to make safe and healthy choices.


“Throughout all of our work with CHS students, our goal is to ensure that students are well informed and make safe and healthy choices,” said CHS Assistant Principal Justin Brown.

Ninth-grade students participated in a series of healthy-choice-related activities during their AT program. (Formerly the TA program, AT—renamed to emphasize academics, assistance and advising time—is the result of a collaborative, comprehensive analysis of the long-running teacher advisory (TA) program. It offers a more consistent schedule and focuses more intently upon advancement of learning, assistance with skills, meaningful engagement in advising and a clear emphasis on academics and connection with students’ regular class day.) The activities—designed to build resilience and to inform and engage students in making healthy choices—were developed in collaboration with Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Center.

At the same time, tenth-graders met as a class for a presentation—developed in collaboration with traffic safety professionals, physicians, and behavioral scientists—on distracted driving. Joel Feldman, a trial lawyer from Philadelphia whose daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009, spearheaded and championed the program. (To view WCAX’s coverage of the May 9 presentation at CHS, please click here.)

Finally, eleventh- and twelfth-grade students witnessed a mock crash event developed in partnership with CHS’s Student Government, Colchester Police Department, Malletts Bay Fire and Rescue, Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Department, Colchester Rescue, the Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department, and St. Michael’s Fire and Rescue.

Multiple emergency services agencies stages an educational mock crash events for CHS juniors and seniors on May 9.

Multiple emergency services agencies staged an educational mock crash event for CHS juniors and seniors on May 9.

Please click here for a video of a day in the life of Colchester School District, which offers coverage of this event.

Meanwhile, students in Ashley Laurent’s third-grade class at Malletts Bay School weighed in on the issue of distracted driving. Please click here to read their opinion essay on the subject.

These types of programming speak directly to the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017, which includes pathways dedicated to learning outside our four walls; parent, community, and school partnerships among lifelong learners; wellness-oriented, balanced, and healthy learners; and town + school = one vision.

For more information about any of these events, please contact CHS at 264-5700.

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