Freshman Impact, a program founded by former Pennington County Deputy Richard McPherson in 2003, recently hosted a community day to show the Black Hills community what the prevention program has to offer. According to KOTA Territory News, the program is meant to keep youth and teens out of trouble.
Freshman Impact, started in the Black Hills, is now used in 60 districts and five states and is focused on saving teen lives and preventing injury through interactive and preventative educational opportunities. McPherson got the idea from his time as a Pennington County Sherriff’s Deputy in Wall, and a friend’s suggestion to start a prevention program in response to teen drinking in the area.
The Community Day brought a full day of activities, including a drunk driving simulator and collision course, demonstrations by the Rockerville Fire Department, and rollover simulations by the South Dakota and Wyoming Highway Patrols. Freshman Impact partnered with Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center and the Black Hills Surgical Hospital to fund the day of activities for the whole family as well as helping raise funds for the organization.