Freshman Impact held at Western Dakota Tech for the first time

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Another year, another class of high school freshman going through Freshman Impact to learn the dangers of drunk driving and much more.

This year, Freshman Impact was held at Western Dakota Tech for the first time including some new learning stations. Stations like a revamped drug course and courses that put kids in interactive situations.

Richard McPherson, a retired Pennington County Sheriff’s Deputy, founded the program roughly 15 years ago.

He says that keeping the program updated is key to getting their message across to the young adults.

“Different equipment, different ways of communication, it evolves, obviously,” McPherson said. “You have to keep up with what the students are seeing because they’re a risk taking behavior.”

Over 400 students from area schools took part.

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