The two-day program is designed to educate students, parents, and the community about the serious issue of underage drinking and driving, by providing a realistic experience and encouraging them to make positive choices. The presentation is held before the school's prom, an occasion on which teenagers are most likely to consume alcoholic beverages.
Shattered Dreams, targeted at underage drinking and driving, involves the dramatization of an alcohol-related accident staged in front of the school. While the entire student body watches, police, fire, and other emergency personnel will respond to the scene. The victim students will be transported by ambulance and helicopter (PHI Air Medical and Careflite) and to local hospitals (Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Centennial and Medical City Frisco), while the deceased student will be transported by Turrentine Jackson & Morrow Funeral Home. The drunk driver will be arrested and transported to the Frisco City Jail for book-in and arraignment.
Throughout the day, the Grim Reaper will enter a classroom every 15 minutes and select a student victim, known as the Living Dead. When the program first originated in the mid-1990s, the 15-minute time period represented how often someone was killed in an alcohol-related accident. As students are pulled from class, a police officer will read each student's obituary written by their parents. At the end of the school day, the Living Dead, crash victims, and drunk driver are taken on an overnight retreat to enhance the learning experience.