December brought many blessings to the Caswell Parish as churches and individuals provided support both in food and in monetary donations.
One very generous donation came from The Right Choice Driving Program, a part of Street Safe, a non-profit that teaches classes on driving and highway safety.
Ollie Jeffers, a volunteer with The Right Choice, said that they wanted to share some of the proceeds from fees for the classes with a non-profit that sought to help those in need throughout the county; and they decided to give their donation of $400 to The Caswell Parish.
One member of the group, April Davis, lost her 16-year-old son Chase, who in a moment of teenage daring, lost his life while racing other teens on the highway.
She and her family started Choices for Chase, promoting driver and highway safety in an effort to prevent other teens from suffering the same fate. The Right Choice program started as The Crash Prevention Network. She said Judge Jim Long was the first to give the program his blessing.
The classes sponsored by The Right Choice are offered to those who are cited for various traffic offenses, except for a DUI or passing a stopped school bus, if the DA decides the offender could benefit from the program. The classes provide an opportunity for an offender to have the charges dismissed or reduced. The class costs $25, which is much cheaper than driver safety classes offered by other groups, and is offered every other month in Caswell. The Right Choice also partners with the schools, giving programs on driver safety, and sponsoring such program as the teen pledge to abstain from alcohol on prom night.
Jeffers pointed out that there were ten fatalities in Caswell County in 2019. “That’s an extremely high number for a county like Caswell, far higher than in similar counties.”