GFA Helps Students “See” the Effects of Drinkingin the community // on Thursday May 26, 2016
Making a positive difference in local communities and continuing the fight against drunk driving are two causes that are near and dear to the GuideOne team. The company reinforces its commitment to these causes in many ways, including a longstanding partnership with MADD and the Responsible Choice pledge auto discount.
Additionally, the GuideOne Foundation (GFA) awards grants to support alcohol-free, fun activities such as after-prom and after-graduation parties, and lends Fatal Vision Goggle kits to schools and groups. The goggles blur wearers’ vision and simulate a 0.17 blood alcohol content level – which is double the legal .08 limit – to demonstrate the negative effects of alcohol and deter drinking and driving.
Interstate 35 High School in Truro, Iowa, earned a GFA grant and borrowed the goggles for its after-prom party. Sara Hughes, a post-prom volunteer and mother of an Interstate 35 High School junior, shares the impact the goggles had on students.
Q: What activities did students do while wearing the goggles?
A: “We created an obstacle course with orange cones in a hallway so the kids could try and navigate their way through the course on a scooter and by walking. Some kids tried to play basketball in the gym. Others played catch, and some attempted to walk in a straight line down the hallway.”
Q: How did wearing the goggles affect those activities?
A: “As kids were trying to play catch or basketball, I’d hear them say things like ‘I’m right here!’ or ‘You’re not even looking at me!’ when the person throwing or passing the ball thought they were on target.”
Q: Do you think the goggles made students even more aware of the dangers of drunk driving?
A: “Definitely. I think it was very eye-opening for the kids to first think ‘Oh, I’m fine,’ and then discover they’re really not. Some kids wore the goggles for quite a while and said they had a headache afterward. It’s important for them to experience the effects of drinking in a safe way and realize what a risk they’d be taking if they made the decision to drink. The lesson was important for us parents, too – we want our kids to have fun and be safe.”
It’s easy to see why the Fatal Vision Goggles kits are in high demand for after-prom parties. They raise alcohol awareness in a way that’s as engaging as it is educational – and the realistic effects truly showcase the effects of alcohol abuse. Learn more about GFA and the goggle kits.