By Nick Albonico, Administrative Assistant/PIO

High Desert State Prison (HDSP) Chief Deputy Warden Fred Foulk recently made a $1,000 donation on behalf of the prison to the 140 Squad Club for the Every 15 Minutes Program.

HDSP Chief Deputy Warden Fred Foulk, far right, donates $1,000 on behalf of the prison to a program to fight drunken driving.

The Every 15 Minutes Program strives to raise awareness of the risks to drunken driving.  Its mission is to prevent impaired driving tragedies and to save lives.

The program aims to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to allow them to make mature decisions while creating meaningful family dialogue.

The 140 Squad Club has been supporting the Every 15 Minutes Program locally for about a decade.

Each year the program goes to one of the four local high schools – exposing each local high school student to the program at least once during high school. This year’s program will be at Lassen High School on April 10 and 11.

Receiving the donation were Shaun Simmons of the 140 Squad Club and Lassen High School students Emily Terwilliger, Courtney Williams and Ivanna Rose.

The money was raised through an Inmate Charitable Group Fund Drive. HDSP inmates were allowed to purchase food from local businesses.  Proceeds from such drives are donated to non-profit organizations.