Students Against Drunk Driving, also known as SADD, is a remarkable club promoting safe and responsible driving. Every year during prom season, SADD places a car destroyed in a tragic accident on the front lawn of the school. The car mainly serves as a reminder to students of the senior class warning them of the consequences of drinking and driving.
SADD isn’t just another club at school; it an empowerment movement to help teens make better decisions throughout their lives. Aside from drunk driving, the club also deals with topics such as drugs, smoking, and texting while driving.
On Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 9:00 A.M., members of SADD will be taking a stand against drunk driving and supporting victims and their families in Walk Like MADD at Farmingdale State College.
“Last year I attended ‘Walk Like MADD,’ and it seemed to start just as any other walk would, however as you pass certain milestones in the walk, it hits you why you are there. For instance, when you start the walk, there are pairs of shoes that belonged to victims that are no longer with us as a result of these fatal car crashes. It was a rude awakening, because they were arranged in age order and in some cases the shoes were able to fit in the palm of my hand. It occurred to me that drunk driving really could affect anyone,” says SADD Board Member Jess Barone.
SADD Board Member Nia Lewter said, “As members of SADD, we help hand out water and snacks and cheer for the participants during the walk. The walk is just across the campus, and at the end of the path there is a wall with all the victims in Suffolk County involved in accidents concerning drunk driving. It is a very emotional experience.”
“I am very proud of the work that our SADD members are doing in our community. The president of MADD came to meet them in person last month. She was very impressed with what they are doing and wanted to thank them personally,” says SADD Advisor Mrs. Espinal.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is involved in more than 600 communities across the country, and has more than 1,400 trained victim advocates on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support victims with comfort or legal assistance.
Jess Barone, also adds, “It was such an honor that the president of MADD took the time to come to our high school to personally thank us for all we have done. It is an incredible feeling knowing that we are one of the few SADD chapters that get involved in so many different activities.”
Hills West’s Students Against Drunk Driving invites you to participate in Walk Like MADD!
To Register for Walk Like MADD, visit walklikemadd.org/longisland or call (631)-547-6233
Click on the link below to view the video sent to all the high schools on Long Island, featuring members of Hills West SADD.
Donate to Half Hallow Hills HS West SADD and help them reach their goal of $1,000!