By Elyana Schosek
In considering all the student clubs at Springville-Griffith Institute High School, there is one that has been around for a while but is lesser-known among students. It works toward a goal that is especially relevant in today’s society.
It’s called SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Prior to 1997, the club was called Students Against Drunk Driving but was changed due to many student requests to broaden the focus to “destructive decisions” instead of just drunk driving.
Many students are unaware of what SADD stands for, which is something the club wishes they could change. Throughout the school year, SADD members and their advisors organize a number of events and projects to inform students of the possible consequences of destructive decisions. Their most recent of which took place before the holidays.
“We work to promote good decision making applied especially drug- and alcohol-related and how to stay safe at a young age and how to avoid peer pressure,” Evelyn Smith said. Not only does SADD do projects at the high school, but they have also traveled to the elementary school and helped out in the community.
“This was beneficial for everyone involved because it allowed us to help our community and it helped the people who received them to remember to make better decisions,” Henry Domst said.
SADD members met as a group the Wednesday before break to tape mints to little cards with a message “promoting safety over break,” as one student put it while also noting the “importance of staying sober and staying away from drugs and alcohol,” as another student said.
The cards were counted and put in bags for each homeroom such that every student would receive one the Friday before break.
“I think that even just little gestures like this can make a difference in someone’s day,” Annemarie Harrigan said. “Whether you’re receiving or giving you’ll probably feel better.”
“This was definitely a good thing for both those who participated along with those who received the mints with the card because it helped raise awareness that we need to make healthy decisions in our life and we need to make sure we are staying safe and being responsible,” Blaze Schelble noted.
Blaze also said that SADD helps students make “smart and healthy decisions by raising awareness of what things should be avoided and what things are smart.”
Olivia Giammarco said, “it is a place where we come together to be proactive and make a difference in the lives of others!”
Olivia called it a “good reminder” in that “you don’t have to have a huge movement in order to make a difference and that a simple reminder can make good choices or be safe can go a long way.”
Keaton Wnuk said it gave them an opportunity to “give great advice to fellow students in a fun way.”
In addition to that, Evelyn said it was a good message for students to receive and that it was beneficial for the club members who were there because of the fact that the limited time they spend together is always meaningful.
This just goes to show that the littlest thing can make a difference: the cards had a good message for all students and the SADD members who helped out enjoyed the little bit of time they spend together.