X The TEXT! You're Not Superman You Know!
Three Holyoke High School students put on a workshop advocating against teen distracted driving at the Colorado State FCCLA Conference, earning them a spot on Fox31 News and CBS. You can see the clip here (starting at 36:06) on the video of that broadcast. Juniors Molly Brandt and Ben Martinez and sophomore Jacob Vasa are all members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter in Holyoke. Their “X the TXT: You Aren’t Superman, You Know!” workshop was part of Holyoke FCCLA’s Chapter Service Project, following a series of workshops that the students presented locally to Holyoke high school students earlier this year.
At the workshop, which was presented twice during the State FCCLA Conference, the students screened “The Last Text” documentary and used interactive activities to initiate a dialogue about texting and driving. After discussing the common excuses given for texting while driving, they viewed a personal message from Wil Craig, one of the main victims interviewed in the documentary. Wil had specially recorded this message for Colorado high school students attending the workshops. Attendees then recorded a message to send back to Wil and signed a pledge not to text and drive. Approximately 150 teens and 15 sponsors attended the workshops led by Brandt, Martinez and Vasa. The group designed and coordinated the entire workshop and ran it all on their own while wearing shirts proclaiming “X the TXT: You Aren’t Superman, You Know!”
AT&T participated by getting the students the video message from Wil Craig, and by donating the pledge banner and $1000 that was used for T-shirts and thumb bands. Karen Pieper, FCCLA Adviser, helped the three students by communicating with the AT&T representatives and helping with organization, timelines, and ordering materials.
The group is planning to present the workshop at the National FCCLA Conference in Orlando this July this summer.