Rushville Republican

October 4, 2013

S.A.D.D. members gear up for "Red Ribbon Week"

By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — One of the most active student organizations at RCHS is the local chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.). Faculty sponsor Judy Hatfield said 120 high school students are active participating members this year.

As fall break for RCS students nears, S.A.D.D. members have pledged to have a safe respite from classes and make sound decisions while away from school.

This year’s theme for Red Ribbon Week is taken from a quote by Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Annually, a number of activities designed to remind all students about the importance of making safe decisions the week prior to fall break are held at RCHS. Suggestions include wearing a seatbelt while in a moving vehicle, being focused when driving and not distracted by talking on a cell phone or texting, and never driving after drinking alcohol.

Although narrowing the gap, a 2010 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute survey found that Rush County lagged behind neighboring counties in collisions in which passengers were properly restrained in vehicles. The same survey also found that Rush County accidents in which alcohol use or involving an impaired driver occurred more frequently than in neighboring counties.

Some of the activities that students will participate in the week of Oct. 14 through 18 are the poster thumb print pledge, duct tape safety belts, sidewalk chalk safety messages and “Celebrate My Drive (a joint project between State Farm Insurance and S.A.D.D.).

Hatfield said the nine student members that comprise the RCHS student SADD board (Jacob Fowler, Brooklyn Herbert, Sarah Innis, Lauryn Payne, Fran Percell, Allison Wainwright, Alise Walker, McKenzie Woolston and Taylor Yager) were instrumental in planning a number of this year’s activities at the local school.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106