Mason High School students attended an assembly on Thursday, December 9th where they listed to a presentation give by Johnny Mac and Jeanne Brown of Seagraves, Texas. The Browns lost their daughter Alex in a car accident last year, right before Thanksgiving, when she was a senior in high school. She was texting while driving and lost control of her pickup. After Alex died, while the Browns were still at the hospital, they made the commitment to warn as many teenagers as they could about the dangers of distracted driving.
This message is taken from their website www.rememberalexbrown.org.
"We lost our daughter, Alex Brown, in a single car accident as she drove to what seemed like just another ordinary day of her senior year in high school. Although no other vehicles were involved, Alex was not alone. The cell phone on which she had sent and receive over 10,000 text messages in the weeks preceding her accident was with her. Alex lost her life to texting while driving.
Although Alex is no longer with us, her memory lives. We hope you choose to do the same. Through Alex’s memory we hope to educate others about the dangers of texting while driving. To honor Alex’s memory we formed The Remember Alex Brown Foundation (RAB). The foundation’s website is a place to tell your story, to learn from others and to make a difference.
As you drive today, please put your cell phone away and drive safely. Your messages will be there when you arrive at your destination. Make sure that you arrive safely, too."
The Browns travel all over Texas pulling Alex’s pickup on a trailer behind their truck. They speak to students in high schools and colleges, and they do it for free. The program was at times heartbreaking, poignant, informative and funny. The students were moved by the Browns’ story and many signed pledges promising to never text while driving. The members of the Teens in the Driver’s seat Committee held a bake sale and donated all of the funds to the Browns. They really wanted to be able to present a check for $500, but they were $150 short. They put out an e-mail plea, and within only 15 minutes of hitting "send" one of our MHS parents arrived in the office with a check! If you would like more information or you would like to donate to the Remember Alex Brown Foundation, please go to the website of check them out on Facebook.