The “Every 15 Minutes” program is a school-based alcohol prevention program, essential in helping to reduce and eliminate alcohol use among adolescents. The two-day program focuses on high school students, challenging them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions and lastly, the impact their decisions have on family, friends and their community.

The program brings together a union of local agencies beginning with the Incline High School, parent volunteers, Washoe County School District, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Department of Public Safety, retired Judge Janet Berry, Second Judicial District Court, The National Judicial College, Care Flight, Incline Village Community Hospital, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Cornerstone Community Church, civic clubs and professionals to name a few, who have donated their time and services to bring this program to fruition.

The two-day program begins with a fatal car crash involving students that attend Incline High School, on Thursday May 31st in front of the high school. The entire student body will be escorted to the scene of the crash and witness firsthand the emergency personnel response, extrication, treatment and rapid transport of the victims. After returning to class, approximately 25 students from all grade levels will be pulled out of class every 15 minutes to represent the “living dead”. These students will have their obituary read aloud, and then removed from class for the remainder of the day attending a “Student Retreat” where they will listen to speaker presentations and partake in several activities such as writing their parents a letter saying, “Dear Mom & Dad, I never got the chance to tell you…” At the end of the retreat, the students will spend the night at the Cornerstone Community Church and not have any communication with family, friends or the outside world.

The parents of the “living dead” will also attend a retreat Thursday evening that will include writing a letter to their deceased child, “I never got the chance to tell you…” They will also hear speaker presentations.

Day two will include the funeral assembly at the high school gymnasium at 9:46 a.m. featuring keynote speakers and a video of the entire program depicting the party scene, the car crash, the courtroom and sentencing, the hospital emergency room and morgue. The video will take the entire student body and guests through the process of what happens when someone makes the ultimate wrong decision to drink and drive or get in the car of someone who has been drinking alcohol. “This program is not warm and fuzzy. It is harsh, real and designed to make a lasting impact. The shock value is what we’re trying to attain so that our students think twice about drinking and driving” says Fire Chief Ryan Sommers.

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Day One, May 31, 2018:
9:48 a.m. Car Crash, Incline High School
499 Village Blvd., Incline Village

12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Student Retreat, Cornerstone Community Church
speaker presentations from 2:20pm – 5:30pm
300 Country Club Drive, Incline Village

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Parent Retreat, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation
948 Incline Way, Incline Village

Day Two, June 1, 2018
9:46a a.m. Funeral Assembly, Incline High School gymnasium
499 Village Blvd., Incline Village