MORRISTOWN, NJ - Twenty four Morristown High School students from the Junior Class and others recently placed 500 colorful pinwheels on the front lawn of the school. Each one represented 10 of 5,000 annual deaths among underage youth, attributed to alcohol abuse.
The Pinwheel Prevention Project was sponsored by the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris. (CCSHM) “It was definitely overwhelming to see all of the pinwheels displayed” said Mrs. Mele, Student Assistance Counselor and Junior Class Advisor.
The pinwheels serve as a reminder to make healthy decisions during a time when students may be thinking about having a drink. Principal Mark Manning stated, “My hope is that our students really hear and truly understand the dangers associated with driving under the influence.”
Bringing the Pinwheel Project to Morris was the brainchild of Ms. Barbara Kauffman, coordinator of CCSHM. She raised the idea locally after reading about a Salem County high school that planted pinwheels on its premises.
Class of 2018 President, Zachary Norton said, “I hope that this sends a message to teens to be more responsible with the actions that they choose to take.” Secretary Chloe Almodovar added, “Hopefully, this will get people to open their eyes to see how many young people have died because of drinking.”
Mrs. Mele mentioned the importance of being “pro-active vs. reactive.” She said, “It’s definitely a better way to approach problems, eliminating them before they have a chance to appear rather than after they have occurred.” Finally, she stated, “I am very proud to have initiated this Project and hope that it will have an impact on the students at Morristown High School.”