Students at South Effingham High School have joined SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide.
To get the new program off to a good start, South Effingham SADD received a State Farm YOUth in the Driver Seat Grant for the 2013-14 academic year.
School social worker Erin Woodcock and Deputy Daniel Woodcock, the school resource officer, became interested in forming a SADD chapter to help South Effingham High School students become better role models and mentors throughout the Effingham County community.
“Teens sometimes make poor choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol, without realizing the harmful consequences,” Deputy Woodcock said. “I’m hoping our SADD chapter will be a positive influence on our school and community. We’ll be participating in campaigns and activities throughout the school year to spread our message.”
SEHS SADD is one of 75 State Farm YOUth in the Driver Seat Grant recipients for 2013-14. The competitive grants, offered by State Farm in partnership with YSA (Youth Service America), support educators in YSA’s Semester of Service — a program that engages students in addressing real-world needs in their communities by connecting service activities with learning goals and academic standards.
“Many congratulations to SEHS SADD as they embark on a Semester of Service; it is one of the most effective ways we have to enhance student achievement and improve communities,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of YSA. “Thanks are due to State Farm, who for 12 years has partnered with YSA to support high-impact, high-quality service and service-learning.”
More information about YSA is available at www.YSA.org.