Message on a Bottle returns to St. Joseph School

 

 

Val Pelaccia’s Grade 6/7 class shows the bags they decorated for this year’s Message on a Bottle campaign. St. Joseph School worked with the Amherstburg LCBO again this year, with LCBO manager Dino Trevisol also pictured.

Val Pelaccia’s Grade 6/7 class shows the bags they decorated for this year’s Message on a Bottle campaign. St. Joseph School worked with the Amherstburg LCBO again this year, with LCBO manager Dino Trevisol also pictured.

By Ron Giofu

 

Local drivers will get their reminders not to drink and drive thanks to St. Joseph School.

The school’s annual “Message on a Bottle” campaign has concluded with students from the River Canard Catholic elementary school decorating LCBO bags with a wide variety of slogans reminding people to not drink and drive. The project is initiated annually by Val Pelaccia’s Grade 6/7 class.

Pelaccia brought the idea to the area 14 years ago at his former school and transferred it to St. Joseph School when he came to River Canard 12 years ago. He adopted the campaign after learning of it, which began in the town of Armstrong, British Columbia. It was described as very successful in sending meaningful messages to the adults in the community during the Christmas season.

Pelaccia also noted it gives teachers the opportunity to discuss alcohol awareness with students in the school. He noted LCBO patrons always look forward to receiving these festive bags during the holiday season.

Approximately 400 decorated bags are distributed through the Amherstburg LCBO location this holiday season.

Members of Pelaccia’s class voiced pleasure and satisfaction in participating this year.

“It’s nice to do the Message on a Bottle so people won’t get into accidents,” said Nadia Drazilov. “It lets us do something good before the holidays and to get a good deed in.”

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The Message on a Bottle campaign at St. Joseph School also featured winners from each class for the best decorated bag. Winners included Michaela Purdie, SeMonde Snauwaert, Josie Sleiman, Adalyn Matte, Hannah Skope, Julie Van Heugten, Alexa Mancini, Emma DiCarlo, Sofia Borrowman, Madison Crane, Alyssa Smoter, Sydney Demarco, Isabelle Tartaro.

Jonah Damico said he believes it’s a good idea because parents can see the bags and be reminded not to drive if they’ve been drinking. Mitchell Rice added that it is good that St. Joseph School took part as he thinks the number of drunk driving deaths could be reduced by gestures like that.

“We’re hoping everyone gets home for Christmas so all families can be together,” added Emily Parlee.

Kiera Adams said the school is creating awareness of drinking and driving with kids learning what can happen and parents can be reminded not to do it.

“We are informing other adults to stop drinking and driving for the holidays,” said Taylor Brunet.

Dino Trevisol, manager of the Amherstburg LCBO location, said the customers enjoy receiving the bags.

“The main comments we are getting from the people is that they are using them as a reminder. It’s working,” said Trevisol.

One such example is a mother who twice found her son’s car on the lawn or over a curb. The third time she didn’t find her son’s car anywhere, only to learn he took a cab home and was in bed thanks to seeing the bag.

Trevisol added they are expanding the program and giving them to local establishments so they can share them with their customers as well.

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