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School Notes

Enloe students warned on distracted driving

Young drivers were encouraged to drive safely, stay focused on the road and buckle their seat belts in the VIP for a VIP program at Enloe Magnet High on March 21. The program featured a simulated fatal crash with the help of state troopers, Raleigh police, EMS and fire departments.

Students received a Contract for Life to encourage them to seek help when they find themselves in a situation where it would be unsafe to drive or ride with another person.

Law enforcement recommended the program to school administrators. Guilford County firefighters Steve Zimmerman and Larry Cockman designed it after they responded to a vehicle accident involving two teens who had decided to skip school. The crash killed the driver. To date, 111 programs have been delivered reaching more than 71,727 teenagers. For more information on the VIP Program, go to www.vipforavip.com.

Students win “Stay In School” contest

A team of students from the Wake Early College of Health and Sciences will be honored before more than 650 Hispanic students during the Hispanic Educational Summit on Friday, March 30, at the McKimmon Center.

The students will be recognized for winning first place in the N.C. Society of Hispanic Professionals’ fourth annual “Stay in School” PSA/Video Contest for Hispanic Youth.

The video created by the Early College students was one of 20 entries from N.C. middle and high school students. All the entries were posted on YouTube, where they were watched by thousands of viewers and received hundreds of comments.

The “Stay in School” campaign is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance and Univision 40 and supported by the NC Department of Public Instruction in an effort to raise awareness among youth and their parents of the low graduation rate among Hispanic youth and inform students and their parents about the benefits of staying in school, finishing high school and continuing with their education.