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    Memorial Display Remembers Those Who Lost Lives on the Roads of Lorain County
    JVS students stand with their instructors by the memorial tree and banner on the JVS grounds.

    December 6, 2017

    In Lorain County, 73 people died on the roadways between 2014 and 2016; with alcohol being the most common contributing factor. To date, 29 crashes (31 deaths) occurred in 2017 on Lorain County roadways and 43% of those crashes involved alcohol.

    The JVS has teamed up with the Lorain County Safe Community Coalition and other local agencies to help spread the word about the dangers of driving impaired, and the importance of safe driving, especially now during the holiday season. Drunk driving deaths occur all year round, but the holiday season is a particularly dangerous time due to a higher number of impaired drivers on the roadways.

    JVS students from the 9th and 10th grade Career Readiness and Exploration programs and the Landscape and Greenhouse Management program, worked together to create an 8 foot wooden Christmas Tree, decorated with evergreen swags and red ribbons, symbolizing those who lost their lives this year on the roads of Lorain County due to alcohol related car crashes.

    Jill Petitti,  JVS High School Principal and Safe Community Coalition member, shared how this tree is helping to start the conversation with her students. “The tree came out of an idea of wanting to have our kids involved in creating something that would commemorate those whose lives were lost on Lorain County roads and to also increase community awareness of the problem. Throughout this project we had discussions with our students about what the tree represents and why driving safely and wearing your seatbelt is critical. I think the tree is beautiful, but more importantly, it started the conversations with our students that maybe we wouldn’t have otherwise had.”

    Marketing and Management juniors are documenting the work being done on this memorial tree as part of a Business Professionals of America project called Broadcast News Production Team. The students are creating a mock newscast complete with video coverage and interviews. It is another way the JVS is spreading the word about the importance of safe driving.

    JVS students and staff will unveil a replica of the structure during the Zero-Proof Mix-Off event on Thursday, December 7, at the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College. The Zero-Proof Mix-Off, sponsored by the Lorain County Safe Community Coalition, focuses on holiday celebrations and safe driving choices by reminding friends and family to serve zero-proof options at parties and events, and to always make plans for a sober ride home.

    The finished Christmas tree structure is on display on the front lawn of the Lorain County JVS at the corner of State Routes 20 and 58 in Oberlin. The Ohio State Highway Patrol donated a safe driving banner, to also serve as a reminder for all drivers to drive safely and to always drive sober.