ACE Academy recently observed Red Ribbon Week with activities designed to discourage drug and alcohol use and to build school spirit, including a "Ghost Out."
The activities were sponsored by Student Council, and the capstone was the “Ghost Out” event presented by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. The “Ghost Out” included a simulated car accident and aftermath played out in real time for the student body.
Students who were “critically hurt” were transported away by helicopter and ambulance; students who “died” were taken away in body bags.
Following the simulation, Stacy Malegni spoke to the students about her real-life tragedy. Her son and mother-in-law both died after being hit by a driver under the influence on Riverstone Parkway in Canton in November 2008.
“Although the simulation seemed very real, it was Mrs. Malegni’s story that had the most impact on the students,” Principal Richard Landolt said.