Harvard High School’s Abby Heck Wins Operation Click Car

Three McHenry County high school students won cars (donated by the private sector) from Operation Click Thursday.

Finalists from Marian Central, the Woodstock High Schools and Harvard High School line up for their change to try to start the car. Sean McGrath is seen on the right.

Schools are grouped in three chapters in McHenry County. The first was comprised of the Woodstock High Schools, Marian Central and Harvard High School.

Abby Heck won the first one.

Here’s a series of pictures of the event.

Abby Heck draws what turns out to the be her winning key. Sean McGrath, head of Operation Click, can be seen to her right.

Abby Heck inserts her key.

An astonished Abby Heck discovers her key started the car.

Abby Heck wipes tears from her eyes as Star105 reporter Stew Cohen interviews her.

Abby Heck breaks out into a smile.

Harvard High School students at the event share Abby Heck's excitement.

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Harvard High School’s Abby Heck Wins Operation Click Car — 7 Comments

  1. So we are rewarding people, with taxpayer money I assume, for not breaking the law? The reward should be not getting a ticket.

    More people, including parents, are wearing their seatbelts because it is illegal and safe now than 10 – 15 years ago.

    THAT is why the numbers have improved. This program just caught onto the wave and is a complete waste.

    Why are kids spoiled and believe that they should get $20/hr jobs out of High School?

    Because we teach them that!

    How many parents tell their kids “I’ll buy you XYZ if you behave”?

    Lots of them.

    I used to get a “I won’t pull out my belt and whip you a few times if you behave”. Times have changed so quickly!

  2. Jim, apparently you suffered brain damage from all those times you didn’t listen and your mother or little sister beat you with that belt.

    The cars are DONATED. Cal didn’t state that in his brief article but it shouldn’t be necessary.

    The program’s been around for a number of years, is well publicized, and it is effective.

    The only losers in a program such as this are folks who have to listen to your ignorant whining.

  3. Beyond Belief, I hope that you do not have any children as you do not seem to have any parental skills. You cannot reward children for doing what is expected of them. Unfortunately for you, even if I did have “brain damage” my IQ would still be significantly higher than yours as my parents taught me well.

    Donated or not, I do not agree with these type of programs. What’s next, will the police begin to pull you over and reward you with a $5 gift card for obeying the speed limit? No, because we have a set of laws on the books that discourage breaking the law. Texting while driving is 100 times worse, yet I do not see any “Operation Put Your Phone Down” because that would be a challenge.

    Lastly, would you happen to have any data backing up your statement that the program is effective? The only data that I have seen through my research only shows 1 sample; for the data to be accurate we would need to look at similar places without “Operation Click”. My belief is that people are looking to be safer; whether it be by dieting, buckling up their seat belts, or whatever and that the numbers that came from Operation Click would be very similar without this program. 15 years ago most people that I knew did not utilize a seat belt, but now everyone I know does. That gets instilled upon the children and builds a culture of safety, regardless of a free car.

  4. If you can find an academic to do such a study, I agree it would interesting. Controlled studies often are.

    These folks are volunteers.

    And I find the improvement in seat belt use compelling.

  5. It appears that Beyond at least got you to stop and think and understand what you were reading before condemning the program. I doubt that he or she is too concerned about your “whack a mole” response with new “justifications for an untenable position.fF

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