The 2014 Indiana SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Celebration, an annual one-day conference, was held on April 16 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The conference is sponsored by State Farm Insurance and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
Approximately 500 students and adult advisors from over 40 school districts celebrated all that SADD Chapters have accomplished in their communities this school year.
“SADD students from RCHS are dedicated to helping peers make safe, positive decisions,” Taylor Yager said. “It was exciting to meet with other youth who share the same mission. We learned a lot from each other.”
Some of the day’s highlights included: ThinkFast Interactive game-show style activity to educate youth on teen traffic safety, the annual Indiana SADD awards, the Quick-Click Challenge Competition (a seatbelt buckling team event), and numerous educational workshops addressing topics such as teen traffic safety, alcohol poisoning, bullying, and other important teen issues.
SADD is the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth education, prevention, and activism organization. Since 1981 they have been committed to empowering young people to lead initiatives in their local schools and communities. SADD highlights prevention of many destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence and suicide. Thousands of chapters across the United States, including your local SADD chapter at RCHS, are committed to helping students make informed and wise choices. More information about SADD can be found at www.indianasadd.org .
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund Director/Information Officer for Rush County Schools