Missouri schools this year took the challenge to educate their peers and community about the importance of always buckling up and never driving distracted or impaired.

In response, members of the Marionville High School chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) have created a project to help their peers/community. The project was chosen after chapter leaders discovered that students are only wearing their seat belts 70 percent of the time.

Last semester, Marionville High School students participated in an assembly about distracted driving, which included a seat belt simulator. Right before prom, Officer Heather Usher -- the school resource officer -- led students through the Missouri Safe and Sober program.

On May 8, FCCLA, in conjunction with Mercy Trauma and Aurora and Marionville EMS, hosted a docudrama in the school parking lot. The docudrama, played by students, took the student body through a simulated accident scene caused by texting and driving, which included one fatality, two critical injuries and one arrest.

“Young people can make positive choices and build a better world for themselves and others,” said FCCLA Vice President, Mady Davis. “That’s why our chapter is using the FCCLA national program Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS).”

The chapter’s adviser is Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Mrs. Kamron Collins-Johnson.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.