Lincoln-Way West presents "Road to Reality"
Thursday, September 22, 2016

On Wednesday, September 14, Lincoln-Way West High School sponsored the “Road to Reality.” The event hosted six, 45-minute long tours from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

"Road to Reality" is an event designed to raise awareness about the physical, emotional, and legal consequences of underage alcohol and drug use. Scheduled just before Homecoming, the activity addresses decisions students may be confronted with while driving.

“We feel that this program sends an incredibly important message, especially at this pertinent time of year,” says Principal Monica Schmitt.

The purpose of the activity is to impact student views on alcohol, drug, and driver safety before they find themselves in a situation that requires them to make life-altering decisions.

Road to Reality produced a five-scene reenactment of a drunk driving accident and the consequences to follow. The scenes featured West student-actors along with members of the New Lenox Police Department and the New Lenox Fire Department, doctors and nurses from Silver Cross Hospital, and Will County judges.

Social Worker Christine Petrovski says, “I really do think this is one of the best events we put on all year. It’s emotional, moving, and powerful. I am continually amazed, year after year, by the talent and passion of our students who participate in this production. I have no doubt that the event spurs meaningful conversations between our students, their friends, and their families as they leave West that night. This is the exact effect we strive to achieve, for students to consider their options before they find themselves in a morally challenging situation.”