Trostad wants a big crowd to come out.

    It's time to sign up for summer driver's education. The pre-registration form is due back to Chris Trostad at Crookston High School by Friday, May 16.

    Before that deadline, however, a parent driver education meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Crookston High School choir/orchestra room. Trostad stresses, however, that parents and kids, whether the kids are driving now, have taken the class or are looking to take the class this summer, are encouraged to attend.

    "There is a huge emphasis on getting parent involvement in driver education," Trostad told the Times.

    Polk County Highway Engineer Rich Sanders, who's involved in the Department of Public Safety's Toward Zero Deaths Initiative, will be at the meeting to talk about the importance of being safe behind the wheel, and the Minnesota State Patrol office in Thief River Falls will also be represented at the meeting and will show a video detailing teen driver deaths in Minnesota in recent years.

    "It will be a great presentation and we want to get as many parents to the meeting as possible," Trostad said.

    In order to participate in the summer sessions, students must be 15 years old by Oct. 31, 2014. The fee is $325, which includes classroom time and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. The fee must be paid before the first day of class.

    The first summer session will be held from Tuesday, June 3 to Wednesday, June 18 from 8 to 11 a.m., with the written permit test on June 19 at 10 a.m. The second session will cover the same dates but will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The written permit test will be on June 19 at 11 a.m.

    The third summer session will be from 8 to 11 a.m. from Tuesday, Aug. 5 to Wednesday, Aug. 20, with the written permit test on Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. The fourth and final summer session will be held over the same dates but from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the written permit test will be at the same time as well.

    Questions? Contact Trostad at 280-2256 or