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WHS SADD members to ask fellow students to sign Chain of Life

December 15, 2017 GMT

Winfield High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will be asking students to sign the Chain of Life, a pledge to be safe during the Christmas/New Year’s break. The Chain of Life will be linked together on their Tree of Life in their commons area for all to see the week before they leave for break.

Students will be signing up the week of Dec. 18-22 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. daily. Each student will receive a candy cane with a label on it with the saying “Don’t be a statistic!” Students will also receive a “MADD Power of YOUth — ALCOHOL FREE UNTIL 21″ red ribbon to help remind them about the law and to make good decisions. The media event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 11:15 a.m. with representatives from MADD-West Virginia State Office, Putnam Wellness Coalition, WHS students and the SADD chapter present allowing everyone to see a larger part of the Chain of Life on the Tree of Life and have a chance to talk to some WHS SADD Students about the activity and the importance of the MADD “Power of YOUth — ALCOHOL FREE UNTIL 21” red ribbons.

This is an exciting time of year for teens across the country. They’re participating in sporting events and planning for holidays and festivities. It’s also an important time for teens to embrace the crucial role they play in protecting themselves and their friends from underage drinking and related consequences.

A recent public opinion survey from MADD and State Farm showed that one in three teens has been a passenger with a drinking driver in the past year.

Negative peer pressure and positive peer influence can make a big difference as teens decide if they’ll drink underage or get in a car with a drinking driver, both of which can be life-altering decisions. Each year, more than 4,700 people are killed because of underage drinking.

That’s why MADD is working with community partners like the Putnam Wellness Coalition and Winfield High School SADD to empower teens to protect themselves, each other, and their futures.

During this time of year, whether it’s Red Ribbon Week® or another time when schools are working to prevent underage drinking and drug use, we can help empower teens by spreading the word about underage drinking in your communities and on your social media channels. Mothers Against Drunk Driving mission statement is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. WHS SADD members are asking everyone to support MADD’s efforts by displaying the Power of YOUth — Alcohol Free Until 21 red ribbon this holiday season.

Bill O’Dell is the Drug Free Communities Grant project director for the Putnam Wellness Coalition. He can be reached at billodell@regionalfrn.org.