by Brandon Bishop
Kaneland Krier Reporter
Kaneland—Cindy Miller’s Contemporary Health class at Kaneland High School offers juniors and seniors an inside look at issues such as drug addiction and violence through a combination of guest speakers and field trips.
“The kids that take my class are 17 and 18 years old, and bringing in other people to talk to them is beneficial,” Miller said.
Guest speakers include a deputy from the Kane County Sherriff’s Office about drug dogs, a visit from Dwight Correctional Center inmates who have been convicted for drug offenses, Ben Conley from Conley Funeral Home, and students from Kaneland’s Gay-Straight Alliance. On Nov. 10, officer Keith Smith from Cook County will come in to talk to students about gangs, drugs and homicide.
The speakers talk about their life experiences associated with the lessons being taught in the class.
“These people’s stories are real, and real stories are what really influence the student,” Miller said.
The course also includes a field trip to the Kane County Jail.
Seeing what the inside of an actual jail is like is a rare experience for students, Miller said, and students get the opportunity to see the terrors of the life on the inside.
“I learned how it would suck to have to live in the jail,” senior Blake Serpa said.