South Royalton School SADD
Originally, the mission of the SADD chapter was to help young people say “No” to drinking and driving. Today, the mission has expanded. Students have told us that positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for their lives. And that is why SADD has become a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.
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In June 2015, two of South Royalton School’s students and members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) attended the SADD National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Here are a couple of examples of what they learned;
Student: I went to a seminar on being safe on the roads. In the workshop, we discussed what distracted driving is. Distracted driving is driving while engaging in another activity. There are several types of distractions. There are visual distractions, manual distractions and cognitive distractions. Cognitive distractions are those that take your mind off driving, such as being upset. Manual distractions are those that physically take your hands, such as changing the radio or eating. Auditory distractions are those that require listening. During all of these distractions, your mind is not fully focused on the task of driving. I learned that distracted driving is more than just texting. At our school, we should do this thing where we make a huge banner that says “texting kills” and says something about taking the pledge to not text and drive and people out there thumb in paint and place their thumbprint on the banner. It is called the thumbprint pledge. Because no text is worth your life.
Student: I went to a workshop about social media. The main idea was that what you put out on the web will be there forever, so you have to carefully think before posting something. You have to ask yourself, would I want my future employer to see this? You have the opportunity to put your own influence to good use. The messages you send should reflect yourself, everything you stand for and your perception. Everyone can find different meanings in the same message. Things you share must be true and authentic to yourself.
The SADD National Conference provides prevention experts in keynote presentations and skill-building workshops. It also offers a networking opportunity where members are able to connect with student leaders and advisors from across the nation. Students bring home skills and tools that will help our chapter be more effective in our own community. Our SADD group collaborated with two other Vermont Chapters; Spaulding High School and Hazen Union High School.
*South Royalton SADD is currently recruiting for SADD members to work on such projects as the Sticker Shock event, Kick Butts Day, and the Tie One On Campaign.
SoRo SADD and “Project Sticker Shock” – By Emily Ballou
The day before Halloween, South Royalton High School’s prevention group, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), kicked off “Project Sticker Shock”. Project Sticker Shock is a public awareness campaign aimed at adults who might purchase alcohol and provide it to minors. The students, along with the school’s Student Assistance Professional and SADD Advisor Annie Luke, Health Connections of the Upper Valley Executive Director Cathy Hazlett, and the Royalton Police, went around to four area stores that sell alcohol and put florescent orange stickers on all alcoholic beverages. The stickers read, “Providing Alcohol to Minors is Illegal! Fines are up to $2,000 &/or up to one year in jail!”
Project Sticker Shock represents “a partnership between youth, retailers, concerned parents and community members, prevention professionals, and law enforcement with the goal of educating potential furnishers, raising public awareness about underage drinking, and strengthening the deterrent effect of the law against providing alcohol to minors”.
SoRo SADD would like to thank RB’s Deli, SoRo Market, Corner Stop Mini Mart, and Tracy’s Midway for helping raise awareness to underage drinking. They hope that more stores will also participate in future Sticker Shocks.