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Lincoln-Way Central Hosts Road to Reality
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Lincoln-Way Central High School is sponsoring the Road to Reality project on September 22, 2015 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Road to Reality is an event targeting tenth grade students to raise awareness about the physical, emotional and legal consequences of underage alcohol and drug use.

The purpose of this activity is to impact young people and their belief systems before they find themselves in a situation that requires them to make life-altering decisions.

This program targets sophomore students because most are enrolled in drivers education and the Road to Reality program addresses decisions students may be confronted with while driving, said Dr. Steve Provis, Principal of Lincoln-Way Central.

This year, Central Athletics and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) are presenting a united front about the consequences of drinking and driving. During Homecoming Week, PPS invites sophomore athletic teams to view Road to Reality.

High school students, community organizations and emergency personnel participate by role-playing scenes along the Road beginning with a teen party where students are drinking and make the unwise decision to get into a car.
The next stop that students make along the tour is the accident scene, a result of the teens poor choice to drive while under the influence of alcohol. This scene will be complete with donated car, emergency personnel, Jaws of Life and law enforcement. The scene following the accident is an emergency room with local hospital ER staff and equipment.

Next the group will observe the regret room where a teen expresses her deep remorse about the consequences associated with her poor decision-making. The group then goes to the courthouse scene and observes the sentencing of the teen driver for the DUI and involuntary manslaughter by a Will County Judge. The final scene is the coroner where the parents and students are made aware of the difficult job the coroner has when dealing with the emotions of parents of deceased underage drunk drivers.

We encourage all students and parents to attend the Road to Reality, Provis said. Were hopeful that this event will give students a powerful and lasting reminder about the consequences of poor decisions and help steer students away from these temptations.

The Road to Reality tours will begin in the Lee Rosenquist Theater. While waiting for the tours to begin, the students will be able to browse resource tables and talk to educators in the field of safety and substance abuse located in the cafeteria. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes. Six tours are available. The first tour leaves promptly at 4:30 p.m. followed by the next at 4:55 p.m. and then every twenty-five minutes. The last tour will leave at 6:35 p.m.