Leadership class students are presented their award by law enforcement and emergency personnel.
Winlock High School students received a Traffic Safety Award on May 5 from the Washington State Patrol.
On hand to present the award were Sgt. Darren Wright and Michelle Pardue of the Washington State Patrol, Sheriff Rob Snaza of the Lewis County Sheriff's office, and Firefighter/EMT Raymond Smerek and Lt. Patrick Jacobson of Winlock Fire Department.
Sgt. Darren Wright of the Washington State Patrol wrote the letter to nominate the school. The letter reads as follows:
"Impaired Driving continues to be a leading cause of injuries and fatalities. There are several ways to reduce the fatalities and injuries that have been implemented. One of these is education. The students in the leadership class at Winlock High School have gone far beyond any efforts I have witnessed in the area of teenage impaired driving education. They have organized and carried out several successful projects which include placing impaired driving messages on the bags that alcohol was sold in at the local stores. These messages were in the form of drawings and slogans aimed at convincing the purchaser to not drink and drive, and to wait till they arrive at their drinking destination (preferably home).
"The leadership class is also in the planning stages of a large-scale impaired driving program in conjunction with the WSP and local fire department. The program is a 2-day event based loosely off the Every 15 Minutes program.
"This motivated group of students has sought out ways to reduce injuries and fatalities from impaired driving not only among their fellow students but the community around them.
"It is my honor to nominate them to be recognized as Safety All Stars."
Congratulations to the Winlock High School leadership class, and thank you for keeping us all aware that we should not text or talk and drive for the safety of everyone on the road.