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  Students Helping to Combat Drinking and Driving

Nov 22, 2016 12:31 ET

Students at C.E. Broughton Public School helped launch the "Holiday Bag Program" in Whitby this morning. This partnership between the DRPS, the LCBO and local school boards had students creating brown paper bags with powerful anti-drinking and driving messages. The bags will be distributed to local LCBOs and used to wrap purchases in-store. Customers will take home their items with creative reminders from youth to never get behind the wheel of a car when impaired.

The program was brought to Whitby by School Liaison Officer Cst. Jason Cockburn and an LCBO Store Manager, Don Oliver. More than 5,000 students from 16 schools in Whitby and Oshawa decorated a brown bag.

The LCBO's Holiday Bag Program can be found all over the province with more than 20,000 bags being submitted by students.

DRPS Chief Paul Martin thanked the students for their involvement and spoke of the dangers of impaired driving. "Hopefully adults listen to you and your important message to keep our roads safe this holiday season and all year long."

LCBO representative Don Oliver reiterated the Chief's sentiments and also told the students how proud he was of their hard work.

Next year, it is hoped the program will be expanded to all of Durham Region, involving even more students and creating even more amazing bags.

Below are attached files.
Kicking off the Holiday Bag Program (JPG file, 312.0K bytes)
Students showing their bags with an amazing message (JPG file, 372.8K bytes)
Students at CE Broughton (JPG file, 430.2K bytes)
Cst Cockburn thanks the students for their creativity (JPG file, 285.3K bytes)
Chief Martin reminds the kids of the dangers of impaired driving (JPG file, 244.0K bytes)
Students present their bags (JPG file, 325.5K bytes)
Don Oliver from the LCBO at the kick off (JPG file, 266.3K bytes)
Submitting their bags and getting a high five (JPG file, 330.4K bytes)
Thanks from DRPS (JPG file, 358.4K bytes)
Bags from the Holiday Bag Program (JPG file, 320.1K bytes)