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#141: If High School Students Are Quiet, They're Paying Attention

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

As part of the annual teach-in today, I gave a presentation on highway safety to five different classes of high school students. And I learned a lesson.

The teacher told me that if the students are quiet during the talk that they are paying attention. Their silence had me worried until she told me this. I was also able to work in my weight gain as a lesson to them.

A few years ago another car came into my lane on the expressway and we collided, his car's left rear to my car's right front. Although the damage was relatively minor, the next day I fell out of bed with back cramps. It seems I have a permanent lower back injury as a result of this crash. It's something I've mentioned here in passing a couple of times.

I told the students of this situation and how the injury has made me curtail my aerobics, leading to a 40 pound weight gain. All because I was doing nothing wrong but ended up incapacitated because of another person's careless driving.

It made a good object lesson -- drivers doing everything properly are still at the mercy of those who drive while stupid.

After a talk I showed a 15-minute video I produced titled "Marker Memories
Part 1: A Journey to Understanding that personalizes the roadside memorials we see where someone has died in a traffic crash.

If you'd like to watch it, the link is:


This was an all volunteer effort so we don't benefit from people watching. No "pay per click" or anything so please feel free passing along the link, especially to those people with driving age children. Perhaps we can save a life and not have to suffer the loss of a relative in a crash as I did.

The students surprised me by applauding after each presentation and by asking pointed questions about the making of the video, highway safety in general, and my experience in law enforcement.

But it was their silence during my talk that had me wondering if I was addressing a bunch of robots.

All in all, perhaps a life or two will be saved from this volunteering effort. We can only hope.

But I can also say that I'm not used to standing or talking all day. My feet are swollen and my voice raspy.

But, as the late great James Brown said, "I feel good."
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    Glad you made it through the day Lou! I hope the kids picked up even a little of what the video was conveying. Even a few seconds ingrained in the memory can make a difference. It's very moving.
    4121 days ago
    Sounds like you had their full attention.
    4121 days ago
    Lou, that was a powerful video. I am so glad you had a successful day making your presentation to the students. And I am so glad that they listened.

    God bless you for everything that you do.
    4121 days ago
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    That video was an eyeopener and I hope that not only were they silent because they were listening, they will take it with them and remember it for a long time. I praise you for your work and heart for this!
    4122 days ago
    Someone else shared this with me a while back and I shared it with all our friends, about 200 on my email list alone. What a remarkable work. I have teenagers, Lou, and I don't know if I concur that their silence means they're listening. lol I wish I could send you a foot massage! So glad it went so well today. I pray you got lots more opportunities like this!!


    4122 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Thank you for your volunteer work. If you reached one student and he tells a friend who passes the info along to another friend..the word is getting out!
    4122 days ago
    Good work!
    4122 days ago
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