Officer Danny Strobbe, School Resource Officer for USD 402, has received two grants to fund safety-related educational programs at Augusta High School.
A $5,000 grant from the City of Augusta's Special Alcohol Fund will be used in AHS's health/P.E. program's alcohol awareness unit and in the Sober Prom initiative sponsored by the AHS chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), which Strobbe sponsors. City Manager Bill Keefer says the funding comes from the State of Kansas (collected through the tax on alcohol sales) and is to be used for drug and alcohol education, intervention and treatment.
"Officer Strobbe's grant proposal fits right in with the purpose of these funds," says Keefer.
Strobbe says the grant will purchase new DUI goggles for the drunk driving simulation in health/P.E. class. The goggles simulate the effects of alcohol on a person's driving abilities. Students wear the goggles while driving a golf cart to get an idea of the impairment that alcohol causes. This activity has been a part of the alcohol awareness unit for several years, and the equipment is in need of an upgrade.
The funds will also be used to bring in Aaron Cooksey, a speaker whose program "Drop Your Pride" allows him to deliver his message about drinking and driving to audiences of high school-aged youth across the nation. Cooksey will address the AHS student body in April as part of SADD's Sober Prom initiative. This initiative includes the After-Prom Party, which will also benefit from this grant. SADD's After-Prom Party provides prom goers a safe alternative for continuing the festivities after the dance is over and includes structured activities and prizes for attendees.
Another project that Officer Strobbe will coordinate will be funded through a $2,500 grant from the SAFE Program to promote safe driving habits, particularly seatbelt use (SAFE stands for Seatbelts Are For Everyone.). Strobbe and members of SADD will conduct the project during the spring semester. They will collect baseline data on seatbelt usage of drivers entering and exiting the AHS parking lot, and then they will conduct a series of educational activities promoting seatbelt use. At the end of the project, they will gather data again, in hopes of seeing a marked increase in seatbelt use.
The SAFE Program is managed by the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office and gratefully acknowledges the program's generous community sponsors:
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Kansas Department of Transportation
Kansas Health Foundation
Regional Trauma Centers