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benf | 04/26/14


Students learn dangers of impaired driving


If a pin dropped inside Madera High School’s Joe Flores gymnasium Friday morning, even packed full with about 900 normally rambunctious students, you would have heard every rattle after it hit the floor.

There wasn’t a last-minute, game-winning shot in the air. There wasn’t an ordered moment of silence for a lost family member or friend before a school rally.

Instead, inside a darkened gym, there were students who, as part of a nationwide drunk-driving awareness campaign, read emotional letters to their parents as if they had died in an alcohol-related collision.

“Today I died,” senior Coyote Blake Giersch told his nearby mother; voice heavy with emotion and as tears streamed down his face. “I don’t know what else to tell you. My time was short, but the 18 years of my life were all full. I could have never been blessed with a mother better than you.”…


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