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Stevens Point students raise money for driving simulator


Max Lundgren and Katie Olson are part of a four student team at Pacelli High School.

They're competing in a community service competition.

Their goal is to educate teens on the dangers of impaired driving.

"When we looked into it, we realized that our community could greatly benefit from this, and we decided this was something we really wanted to do," said team member Katie Olson.

But this is more than a project for the students – it's personal.

Team member Katie Olson was in a crash caused by a drunk driver last summer.

"Both of our cars were totaled. So, we were really lucky to walk away from this. For me, It really opened my eyes to how precious of a gift life is," said Olson.

The team has raised more than $10,000 to buy an impaired driving simulator.

It shows users what it's like to text and drive or drive drunk.

They plan to take the simulator to high schools in the area.

"We were like, ‘How are we going to do this? We want to get this driving simulator within a month, and we want to go start sharing it with other schools,'" said team member Max Lundgren.

The students gave presentations to local businesses to get donations. Community members also chipped in.

"People would say, ‘Hey, my family was affected by a similar situation, and I would like to donate a couple hundred dollars,' or ‘if you're short, be sure to call us because we believe this cause is so important,'" said Anne Rogalski, an organizer for the competition.

These students hope their efforts will keep others safe and reduce the dangers of impaired driving.

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