Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
June 12, 2012 11:22 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — School’s out for the summer, but members of the Knox County Career Center chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions hope their schoolmates will remember to make good decisions whatever their summer plans.

Throughout the school year presenters from various organizations talked with students about drug addiction, driving while impaired, healthy relationships, underage drinking and related topics.

SADD president Ashleigh Brady said the meetings were a way to reach out to students about staying away from destructive decisions in their lives, “something that a lot of us don’t think about.”


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A two-week Prom Promise campaign focused on safety and seat belts. Brady explained, “In this past year, two very well-known students passed away in car accidents and it left a majority of our students in grief, wondering why lives were taken at such a young age. During Prom Promise we had police officers and state troopers talk to the students about drinking and driving, as well as safety as a whole.”

“I want to thank everyone who came and talked to the students and the impact that the students and faculty has allowed SADD to make this past year,” Brady said. “Students Against Destructive Decisions is something I take to the heart because helping others is not something I take lightly; I do it because there are so many instances in life where we need more than just a pat on the back. For me, and many of my members this year, this has been a high school experience we will hold onto, and I can’t wait to see what SADD can do next year. This is more than just a group or school club, it’s a meaning and something for the students to hold onto for years to come.”

The SADD members expressed their appreciation to this year’s officers and advisors and to the following individuals: Dave Culbertson, The Arms of an Angel Foundation; Trooper Franklin, Ohio Highway Patrol; Jo Anne Kerr, Knox County Health Department; Mary Samuell, The Freedom Center; and Christina Bernard, New Directions.


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