RUTLAND - The Pittsford and Brandon Recreation Departments sponsored a successful program of four dances for students in grades 7-10 this fall. Last Friday's dance hit a record-140 students attended and had fun.
The Stafford Technical SADD Chapter provided alcohol awareness activities to the students. SADD member Erika Stocker of Wallingford and Advisor John D'Esposito had fatal vision goggles-goggles that make it appear that you are drunk by changing the way your eyes perceive what you are seeing.
Students who chose to try on the glasses could be involved in a variety of activities- walking a straight line or the one leg test, both of which are offered to suspected drunk drivers, shooting mini basketballs into a crate, trying to master toddler games or taking a test that measures your reaction time. Students were able to recognize that being under the influence made it much more likely that someone would be involved in a car crash, would be more likely to drown, or be more likely to fall.
Students like Erika, who will be graduating this year from Mill River Union High School, who are involved in cross age peer teaching activities like this not only assist the younger students in remaining substance free, but also reinforces the beliefs of the presenter.