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Vernon Hills High officials emphasize safety during prom week activities

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  • Vernon Hills High School freshman Zak Baumann drives the obstacle course Wednesday wearing special goggles simulating drunken driving. Security guard Al Frank, left, points out various obstacles during the prom week activity.

       Vernon Hills High School freshman Zak Baumann drives the obstacle course Wednesday wearing special goggles simulating drunken driving. Security guard Al Frank, left, points out various obstacles during the prom week activity.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Students at Vernon Hills High School participated in a prom week obstacle course activity wearing special goggles simulating drunken driving on Wednesday.

       Students at Vernon Hills High School participated in a prom week obstacle course activity wearing special goggles simulating drunken driving on Wednesday.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 

Vernon Hills High School students drove golf carts through an obstacle course while wearing special goggles Wednesday to simulate the effects of drinking and driving.

It was part of this week's series of pre-prom activities hosted by Vernon Hills High School officials, the student council and the Student Assistance Program.

This year's prom, "Party at Gatsby's," is Saturday at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

On Wednesday, the Vernon Hills Police Department and Knauz Automotive Group were on hand to let students test out the obstacle course while wearing the special goggles to get a sense of the dangers of drinking and driving. The course activity was offered to students in all grade levels.

In addition, juniors and seniors had the opportunity to sign a pledge declaring themselves to be drug and alcohol free. Those signing up will be eligible for raffle prizes, including an autographed Matt Forte Bears helmet and two trips donated by Knauz.

"Education is key, so kids can understand the effects of alcohol," Vernon Hills High School school resource officer Rebecca Foy said. "It's good to reward good decision making."

The obstacle course continues Thursday and special speakers are planned during an assembly Friday.

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