4th Annual SkyWell Wellness Expo focuses on safe driving

Video and photo by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News

The Health & Medicine Bio-Medical Sciences Magnet at Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School held its 4th annual SkyWell Wellness Expo for Skyline students and staff recently. Skywell—a student peer-to-peer initiative to promote wellness school-wide—partnered with many community health organizations for this event.

An estimated 900 students and 70 teachers and staff attended the expo.

This year, the featured exhibits focused on health related jobs and careers, wellness messages related to physical and mental health, and wrapped up the SkyWell Drive Well campaign for 2018 – with a special focus on distracted and reckless driving. Fifteen community organizations participated, including Neutral Zone, Ozone House, The Corner Health Care, Think First, and Ann Arbor Police.

“We were so happy to partner with UofM Mott Pediatric Trauma Prevention team members this year,” said Dusti Vincent, co-lead teacher of the Health and Medicine magnet program at Skyline. “They were instrumental in helping us to raise awareness about what teens can do to be safe drivers and prevent injuries.”

The reckless driving campaign, called Don’t Get Rekt, included a social media campaign and a Take the Pledge petition, where 875 students and staff have already signed to drive safely. Take the Pledge here.

Go to MottDriveSmart.org for important tips for driving without distractions.

DRIVE Well-SkyWell Don’t Get Rekt will wrap up in March with a Public Service Video which will be disseminated to all Ann Arbor high schools.

This year’s campaign was funded by Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD), a teen driving initiative aimed at reducing serious traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities among Michigan’s most inexperienced drivers – teens.  It is presented by Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). More information about this initiative can be found at Michigan.gov/S4SD.

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