Our View: Congrats to our grads, and the community that supports them
Late May and early June is a special time for our high school seniors.
Of course, wrapping up their remaining academic responsibilities might seem more stressful than special. But the final weeks of high school — whether finishing that senior project, dressing to the nines for prom or donning the cap and gown for graduation — is certainly cause to celebrate.
And while we’re offering a round of applause to our seniors, we should also honor the community that supports them.
This week’s “Every 15 Minutes” program at Nevada Union High School is a great example of the kind of collaborative effort western Nevada County continually puts forth for our children. Although the event is conducted annually by the CHP, with Bear River and Nevada Union high schools alternating as hosts, there is a long list of local businesses, organizations and individuals lending a hand to pull off this elaborate assembly — one geared to demonstrate to students the real-life impact impaired driving far too often has on friends, families, and their community.
Through the twisted metal, shattered windshields and fake blood covering fellow classmates depicting the victims of a “mock collision,” students learn in graphic detail what often leads a young person to drive under the influence, as well as the potential resulting consequences of that decision. They see safety officials arrive at the scene of the crash, tending to the injured, apprehending the DUI suspect and transporting the students involved by ambulance, helicopter or hearse.
In addition to the actual assembly, Nevada Union’s Partnership Academy has produced a short film that shares this story from start to finish. The passion put into the 19-minute piece is apparent through the skill shown by students doing the acting, filming, photographing and editing — and by the volunteer members of the community who dedicated their time to deliver this important message to our young people.
When tragedy strikes a small town such as those of western Nevada County, it often feels much more personal than in larger cities due to the connections we all have with one another. And perhaps it’s those connections that lead community members to generously step up and support such a production in hopes that it might help us all avoid such hardship and heartache.
We see similar efforts with our Grad Night programs, which provide a safe place for our seniors to celebrate their commencement largely through efforts of volunteers and donations from local businesses, nonprofits and other organizations. And such support is also offered by those who volunteer as judges or mentors for senior project presentations, many of which will be made in the next two weeks at our high schools. We encourage anyone interested in making such a contribution to these programs to contact the schools and lend whatever assistance is needed.
After all, we all hope that the memories made for our young people in these coming weeks will be ones to celebrated and remembered for all the right reasons.
Congratulations to our soon-to-be graduates, and also to the community that supports them.
The weekly Our View column represents the consensus opinion of The Union Editorial Board, a group of editors and writers from The Union, as well as informed community members. Contact the board at EditBoard@TheUnion.com.
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