Hopatcong High School Seniors Jesse Farrell and Willie Russell were invited to present at the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse on Wednesday, May 21, at Mercer County Community College.
During this meeting, Jesse and Willie were able to provide personnel testimony to the council on how the program affected them. The intention is to hopefully increase program participation among school districts throughout the state.
In 2013, a select number of Hopatcong High School students were asked to participate in the “Every 15 Minutes Program”, a preventative drunk driving program. The program, geared toward high school juniors and seniors, is a graphic re-enactment of the dangers of driving under the influence and is typically performed the week before the prom. The program was organized by Officer Bob Haffner and Board Member Susan Madar.
Nick Loizzi, Sussex County Municipal Alliance Coordinator, Bob Haffner, Hopatcong Police Officer, and Gina Cinotti, Hopatcong Borough School's Director of Guidance attended as well.