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Coleman’s Every 15 Minutes Relays Graphic Message

Every 15 Minutes, a two-day program focusing on high school juniors and seniors was held at Coleman High School on Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 and 18. The program challenges students to think about drinking, personal safety and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.

Every 15 minutes a person is killed in an alcohol-related traffic collision in the United States. This program is presented in the hope that children will reflect upon their decisions to drink and drive or to get into a car with someone else who has been drinking. It is intended to communicate a very strong message to students that their lives are very precious, that others care very much about what happens to them and that they are very valuable persons to their community, their school and their families. The premise of the program is that kids will change their behavior if they see how poor decisions could hurt the people they love. This program will have been a success if children are compelled to understand the finality of death, and to see the pain that their poor choices might bring to parents/guardians, friends or the emergency workers whose job is to deal with their aftermath.

Participants in Every 15 Minutes were selected based upon their representation as a cross-section of the Coleman High School Junior and Senior classes. It was gratifying to learn that, as word of this program spread, many more students wanted to be a part of the program. The following students and their parents/guardians who have been supportive throughout the event are thanked.

Students include Dan Pillath, Dominick Hansen, McKenzie Meyer, Amy Nasgovitz, Kristan Rickling, Garrett Kostrova, Austin Malecki, Trevor Seewald, Jacob Zeitler, Abby Bieber, Britny Patz, Crystal Sotka, Tia Swenty and Mollie Graetz.

Parents and guardians involved in the program were Richard and Karen Pillath, Tina Broderick and Joe Hansen, Cheryl and Gary Meyer, Doreen and Ken Nasgovitz, Darvin and Sheila Rickling, Kathy Jo Kostrova and Milton Kostrova, Mark and Jackie Malecki, Mike Seewald and Tina Seewald and Mark DeCleene, Russell and Dawn Zeitler, Dan and Keri Bieber, Jacqueline and Roger Patz, Bill and Becky Sotka, Rob and Debbie Swenty, Jamie and Jody Graetz.

Community and emergency service participation included Bay Area Medical Center and BAMC Paramedics, Brazeau Fire Department, Brazeau Rescue Squad, Camp’s Bus Service, Coleman Area Rescue Squad, Coleman Fire Department, Coleman Police Department, Police Chief Ida Soletske, Marinette County Coroner George Smith, Marinette County Court System, Marinette County Sheriff Department deputies Sean Van Ermen and Jessie Parker, Pelkin’s Piggly Wiggly, Peshtigo Times, Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home & Crematory, School District of Coleman, Val Ihde Photography, Village of Coleman, Village of Pound Fire Department, and Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. David Katalano.

Also make-up artists, Char Staffeldt, Sara Sadowski and Pam Kinziger, Pastor Jarred Edgecomb, Graphics and Memorials-Erica Vallier, photographs-Kris Lhners, accident logistics-Jeff Gosa Assistant Fire Chief Coleman Fire Department.

Businesses, organizations and individuals are thanked for taking the opportunity to make a difference through the community effort. They are Coleman Cleaners, Coleman Floral, Coleman High School Junior Class, Coleman High School Senior Class, Coleman Wrestling Club, Coleman-Pound Lions Club, Coleman-Pound Lioness Club, Cougar Community Booster Club, Kudick Automotive, North Wood Flooring, Marinette Lions Club Chet Krohn Trust, Oconto County Regional RTAC, AmericInn Lodge & Suites of Menominee, Mich., Rieser-Energy (Pound One Stop), Mark Tisler-student video, Ashley Tetak-student photographer, Kelly Casper, Layne Skrupky-faculty advisor, Mrs. Uecker-Gluth-school counselor, Char Staffeldt-accident scene narrator, Nathan Pinnington-Grim Reaper, and many other volunteers who helped in any way.

At the program held Thursday, April 18, Bonnie Beamer made the introductions, Val Ihde did the video, and guest speakers were Julie Retza and Karry Kopatz. Letters from students/parents were read. Closing remarks were again made by Bonnie Beamer.


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