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R-P mock crash hits hard


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The mock crash captivated spectators’ attention on April 26 when R-P students depicted this drunk driving scene. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

“In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.”

“The 11,773 fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during 2008 represent an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 45 minutes.” – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis

As the weather warms, the school year winds down, and area youth grow eager to hang out with friends, Rushford-Peterson’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter offers a sobering reminder about one dangers of driving while intoxicated. “Just that one night can affect so many lives. One drink can have so many consequences,” notes group member Rebecca Munson.

In a massive coordinated event, the group held a mock crash Friday, April 26. The concept grabs the attention of youth, giving them a shocking visual to think back on when opportunities for poor decisions lurk. R-P hasn’t held a mock crash in what one member estimated was six to ten years. Now, the district is looking at staging an accident once every four years so all students will have the opportunity to see it once during high school.

All students in grades 9-12 were bussed out to Enterprise Drive on the city’s north end, where City of Rushford workers had moved several large sections of bleachers and blocked off the street. As a pre-recorded segment of crash actors Emma Bauer, Isaiah Bunke, Cody Manfull, Mariah Mueller, Phil and Rachel O’Shaughnessy played over speakers, coordinators held tarps over the two vehicles. Then, with a help from a gust of wind, they pulled off the tarps. A few students gasped, some chuckled, but within minutes all were silently captivated.

The crash was to depict Manfull, Mueller, and the O’Shaugnessy siblings in a green van, with an intoxicated Phil O’Shaugnessy at the driver’s wheel. In the other vehicle, a tan sedan, were Bauer and Bunke. All clad in formal prom attire, the actors were splashed with faux blood and each had a particular set of injuries. Rachel O’Shaugnessy’s role was one of a young girl, ejected from the vehicle and lying lifelessly on the ground, having died on impact. Bauer’s body was slung across the hood of the sedan, through the windshield of the vehicle.

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High School Girls Bowling Team competes at State level

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Education

By Barb Jeffers A bowling team of area High School girls have placed first in their conference which sent them on to the Conference Tournament. This talented team of girls won the Conference Tournament which was exciting for the girls who worked ve ..... 
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Fillmore Central 6th graders

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central 6th graders planted a Red Maple tree for Arbor Day on April 26, 2013. Pictured front (L to R): Levi Yetter and Logan Dyreson. Back (L to R): Jim Edgar (DNR), Art Callahan (Tree Board), Jim Bakken ( Public Works Director), Taryn Raaen ..... 
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Part 1: Mabel-Canton senior class trip diaries

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

Day 1 By Erin Wood and Courtney Smith We had to be at the school at 3:45 am in order to leave by 4:30. We got there and had to have our bags checked. Our parents brought us, so we got to say goodbye to them. We loaded the bus and left Mabel. Dave ..... 
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Part 1: Mabel-Canton senior class trip diaries

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

Day 1 By Erin Wood and Courtney Smith We had to be at the school at 3:45 am in order to leave by 4:30. We got there and had to have our bags checked. Our parents brought us, so we got to say goodbye to them. We loaded the bus and left Mabel. Dave ..... 
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A community conversation about childhood

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Join Katy Smith, Parent Educator from Winona and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year in a lively conversation about childhood and what kids need from it on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm at the Rushford-Peterson School Theater, free of charge. Katy ..... 
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The R-P Middle School staff

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P Middle School staff is proud to announce the Quarter 3 Winners of the R-P Middle School Excellence Award. The Excellence Award is in place to recognize students who strive for excellence by upholding the R-P School’s Motto of “Always Our ..... 
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A Community Conversation About Childhood

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Join Katy Smith, Parent Educator from Winona and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year in a lively conversation about childhood and what kids need from it on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm from Rushford-Peterson School Theater. Katy is passionate abou ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Chapter of the National Honor Society

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

On Wednesday April 17th the Rushford-Peterson Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony. The National Honor Society recognizes those students that have followed our school’s motto of “Always Our Best” in the area ..... 
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