YATESVILLE — Pittston Area High School held a semiannual driver’s education course that took place after school hours for students preparing to take his or her permit test, where they learned about the rules of the road, dangers of multitasking, as well as emergency situations and how to properly respond.
“We learn about winter weather conditions and what we can do to avoid them.” said Leah Hodick, who recently passed her permit test.
A more creative part of the class is designing a slogan on a fence, using plastic cups, outside the school where students are dropped off and picked up before and after school. The slogan this year says, “DNT DRV IN-TXT’ICATED,” with the majority of cups being red, but “TXT” being blue.
The slogan is a play on words in multiple manners, the first being the shortened speech, similar to common texting. The other is a play on the word intoxicated, meaning to be in an altered state from drug and/or alcohol use.
“Doing this project gives people who pass by a friendly reminder on proper driving,” said T.J. Connors, a student preparing to take his permit test. Some students taking the class have already been on the road and wanted to be more prepared for the next big step in their lives.
“We were able to cover everything that I had questions on,” said Mike Ostrowski, a sophomore. “After being hit for the first time over the summer, and having to go to therapy and everything, I wanted to be sure that I wouldn’t cause anyone to go through what I did.”
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