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Driving Help for Teens Helps Pay For Yearbooks

11:04 AM, Jun 8, 2010   |    comments
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When students at R.L. Osborne High School in Cobb County didn't get their yearbooks because of the cost, a business partner offered to help.

Jeffrey Stillwell, a Professional Driving Instructor and owner of S.R.E. Accident Avoidance Workshops, became involved because of how he feels about yearbooks.

"I can't imagine getting out of high school and not being able to go back and look at the memories of it. Imagine not being able to go back remember who all your friends were and the happy times. It's a great trigger for happy memories. How can a school go without that? You have to step up and help whenever that happens," said Stillwell.

"[The publishers] wanted a payment in full and they held our yearbook up, which affected the sales. We couldn't get the book in time, so we couldn't get the sales," said Valerie Goodson, Osborne HS Yearbook Advisor.

"It's rough times right now for families. And, it's hard to come up with the money," said Steven Miletto, Osborne's Principal.

Stillwell has donated both money toward the yearbooks and he has scheduled an accident avoidance workshop the proceeds from an accident avoidance session for teens.

"The school has offered to host the accident avoidance workshops to raise even more to alleviate the problem," said Stillwell.

The workshops slated July 15, 17 and 18 at Osborne High School.

The cost for the special session is $195, down from the usual $295 for the course.

"Accident Avoidance focuses on that part of driving when everything goes horribly wrong in front of you and you've got three seconds to demonstrate that you've got the most out of maneuverability and the most out of the braking of that vehicle," explained Stillwell.

The program will also include a chance for the public to sign 11Alive's Great Hang Up Pledge to not text or talk while driving.

For the Osborne High community, it's a way to raise money and promote safety.

"Everyday you hear about something happening where a teenagers has a one car accident where they've gone off the road because they've flipped the car 'cause they corrected inappropriately," Miletto said.

The training is available to anyone and Stillwell suggests parents and teenagers take the course together.

To sign up go to: www.accidentavoidanceworkshops.org or call (770) 971-0571.

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