|Posted by Patrick Coulter on May 30, 2012 at 8:25 PM|
This April, right before the take-off of Prom Season, students learned a little about how to combat bad choices, all because of SADD, an acronym for Students Against Destructive Decisions. During SADD week, Mrs. U’Selis and the members of SADD hosted a bake sale to raise money for the organization, as well as raise awareness for the noble cause. A main goal of the organization is to keep students safe during the potentially dangerous season surrounding prom. On Thursday of SADD week, “Day of the Dead” was observed. Some students wore red cut out hearts on their uniforms, signifying the number of injuries incurred through destructive decisions. It was shocking to see how many people in the school community were sporting hearts by the end of the week. Even more shocking; however, was the number of students who would have died due to destructive decisions. Each class period, an eerie bell was heard through the school as a solemn reminder signifying that another person’s death. Those counted among the dead vowed to remain silent for the rest of the day to give an idea of what it would be like if they had really died. Their symbolic silence provides a view of what life would be like if a student’s life were lost. Unlike the “Day of the Dead”, however, when a true tragedy occurs, life does not return to normal the next day. Outside of the cafeteria all week hung a memory wall, where students were invited to hang pictures or other memorabilia to remember a loved one who had fallen due to a destructive decision. The week came to a close with an informative and insightful presentation by Trooper Griffith of the Pennsylvania State Police, who talked more about how to stay safe from destructive decisions. He did not “sugarcoat” the presentation, either, as some of the pictures he showed were disturbing. SADD Week and the good intuition of LC students definitely was part of the reason why every student returned safe and sound to school after each prom this spring. The school community has the members of SADD, Mrs. U’Selis, and Trooper Griffith to thank for remaining glad this prom season!