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Winter Haven Medical Academy
Winter Haven High School
600 6th St Se
Winter Haven, FL  33880

Phone:  (863) 291-5330

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Texting and Driving

By: Amber Simmons

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Texting and Driving Awareness

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Texting and Driving Awareness

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Texting and Driving Awareness

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Texting and Driving Awareness

On Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Winter Haven High School’s Medical Academy HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) members held a “Texting and Driving” event to help raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

“We were inspired by Channel One News. It was a good way to educate teenagers about texting and driving while raising money for JDRF,” Roni Durrwachter, event leader, said.

Students and teachers paid $1.00 to participate in both the text and drive course and the drunken driving course with “beer goggles” on.

HOSA received a lot of help from Winter Haven Police Department and School Resource Officer, Don Grant. A parent volunteer took, and kept track of the money paid. The students of HOSA had various jobs as well. Some worked the payment booth while others regulated the text and drive and drunken driving courses.

The event was covered by NBC, CBS and FOX news as well as the local newspaper, The News Chief, and Winter Haven’s own school newspaper, the Trident.

The Winter Haven Police Department, Wal Mart, Carrabba’s, Fred’s Southern Kitchen, and Andy’s Igloo sponsored the occasion and allowed HOSA to offer door prizes to some of the participants.

“Texting and Driving” will be returning next year and WHHS HOSA is hoping the 2012 event will bring twice as much success.



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