On Feb. 25, Baker High School in Baldwinsville observed White Out Day, a day set aside to call attention to the number of young lives lost each year in alcohol-related car accidents. Three students, all dressed as the Grim Reaper, roamed the hallways of the high school in search of their "victims," 67 students who volunteered to represent the dead.
When the Grim Reaper visited Bianca Knieriem's French class, she left the room to have her face painted white to indicate she was acting as an accident victim. She quietly returned to class and spent the rest of the day in silence. Once their faces were painted, students who represented the dead could not speak for the rest of the day. Their quiet presence in the classrooms at the high school was a solemn reminder of the tragic consequences of destructive decisions.
White Out Day at the high school coincided with the Gone 4 Ever traveling exhibit, which was on display for the week of Feb. 23 at the school. The multimedia exhibit depicts three fatal automobile accidents in which five young lives were lost. It was created to deter teens from drinking and driving or riding in a car with a drunk driver.
Katelyn Brown paints Bianca Knieriem's face white as the Grim Reaper looks on during Baker High School's observance of White Out Day.