Harlandale HS juniors get ‘street smart’

Harlandale HS juniors get ‘street smart’
Posted on 10/12/2018

Harlandale High School juniors learned about the importance of safety and making good decisions during a “Street Smart” presentation on Oct. 24.

Two certified paramedics from the nonprofit Stay Alive From Education (S.A.F.E.) spoke to the students during the hour-long presentation in an effort to reduce the teen injuries and fatalities.

The juniors were encouraged to be “street smart” when it comes to decisions on teen drinking, drunk driving, illegal drug use, distracted driving and seat belts.

The paramedics also provided a real-life look at the consequences of irresponsible actions by walking students through what happens at a trauma scene. From taking a pulse to stimulating an IV-line being inserted, students were able to see what they actually have to do in order to try to save a life.

“It was very powerful,” HHS junior Roland Ramirez said. “I learned that a lot of things can happen after a bad decision, like death or having serious injuries. I learned to always wear my seatbelt and to be more cautious while driving.”

Communities in Schools at Harlandale High School helped coordinate the visit, sponsored by Silver Eagle Distributors, to help students better understand the consequences of their actions.

“Most kids see on TV what the issues are all the time, but they never really see the outcomes,” HHS Communities in Schools Site Coordinator Matthew Sanchez said. “I hope they learn that safety is first because the choices they make are imperative to their success and for them to continue to achieve their goals and live a long, prosperous life.” 
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