Reaper is a staple activity of many SADD chapters. But it is important to
remember that "scare" tactics have been shown to have only limited
impact. Think carefully about how you can make a real difference among your
peers. Use this activity in conjunction with other steps that will have a
lasting influence. The issues of underage drinking and impaired driving should
be approached with a comprehensive education and prevention plan.
Every 53 minutes of every day, a life is lost as a result of an impaired driving
crash. What can you do to help put this dangerous message across to your classmates?
Bring the impaired driving victims to "life" and let other students
see how many lives are lost every day.
a "grim reaper" for the day. (When planning your day, dont
forget to receive permission from your principal and notify teachers of
what will be taking place.) Dress him/her in all black and paint the face
white. Blacken the eye sockets with black face paint.
53 minutes, a gong will sound over the PA system and the grim reaper will
enter a classroom and pull a selected student from the class. Each victims
face will be painted white and have one teardrop outlined on his/her face.
The victims will be "dead" for the rest of the day and cannot
speak to anyone.
a placard for each victim that says something like "I died at 10:08"
or "Im just a memory now." You may also give the victims
death certificates and obituaries describing the impaired driving crash
that killed them.
of the "dead" should sit together at lunch, not speaking to anyone.
a coffin in the cafeteria with a mirror placed inside so that when students
look in the coffin they will see themselves.
school lets out, the victims lie side by side on the campus grounds
rows of bodies covered with white sheets.
posters, fliers, and/or pamphlets ready to hand out to students to explain
the dangers of driving while impaired and to explain the "Grim Reaper
this dramatization is too elaborate or difficult to arrange in your school,
you may choose to do this modified version.
In the morning, announce that every 53 minutes throughout the day a bell
will ring to commemorate those Americans who will be killed by impaired
drivers that day. Then ring the bell over the speaker system at the appropriate
the end of the day, read the following announcement: "If you were disturbed
or troubled by the ringing of the bell every 53 minutes today, imagine how
distraught and upset the friends and families of the victims of impaired
drivers must feel."
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