Practicing safe driving habits and good behavior will pay off in a big way this Thursday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. for two Orchard View High School students. During the Orchard View Pride Assembly, five finalists will draw a key in front of the rest of the student body for a chance to win a moped, and then five additional students will draw a key to win a car!
The names of the finalists were randomly drawn from hundreds of “Ride with Pride” Orchard View High School students who all signed a pledge at the beginning of the school year. Through the pledge, students committed to practice safe driving habits, abstain from drugs and alcohol, follow the positive behavior matrix, stay in school, have regular attendance, and have no negative school or police contacts. The finalists’ names were checked by school leaders and police.
Muskegon Township Police Chief Dave Wypa said, “The pledge is a strong reminder to teens about the importance of being safe on the road, embracing a positive attitude, and encouraging their peers to do the same. By following the conditions set forth in the pledge, it shows teens are committed to doing the right thing and making the choice to succeed. Ultimately this makes our roads safer and our lives healthier.”
“According to our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) program data, we can see that since we started Ride with Pride, our suspensions are down significantly and attendance has improved. Through both programs, which were introduced jointly, we are teaching positive behavior and seeing great results,” said Orchard View Principal Dan Bolhuis.
Orchard View Ride with Pride is a collaborative effort of the Muskegon Township Police Department, Orchard View High School, Muskegon Alcohol Liability Initiative, and Great Lakes Ford of Muskegon. This is the second year Ride with Pride has been offered at Orchard View High School.
Ride with Pride began with the Norton Shores Police Department, Ramos and Sons Towing & Auto Body, and Mona Shores High School students in 2011. A grant from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County made it possible to replicate the program in other high schools with upcoming events at Fruitport High School on May 25 at 8:30 a.m., Mona Shores High School on May 11 at 1:30 p.m., and Western Michigan Christian School on May 10 at 1:30 p.m.
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May 8, 2018
*Media asked to arrive by 1:15 p.m. for set up
Orchard View High School
16 N. Quarterline Road
Muskegon MI 49442
Orchard View High School Principal Dan Bolhuis at 231-760-1401
Orchard View Schools Superintendent Jim Nielsen at 231-760-1309
Muskegon Township Police Chief Dave Wypa at 231-777-1666