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Challenge Charter Academy starts new SADD chapter

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

Students at Challenge Charter Academy recently joined Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and teen violence and suicide. School Principal Ernetta Worthy said she became interested in forming a SADD chapter, so she enlisted the help of Dee Maxwell, CCA counselor, who will serve as the SADD advisor.

"Teens sometimes make poor choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol without realizing the harmful consequences," Worthy 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."

The SADD students are hoping to find more classmates to join them in their efforts. The new group is also exploring ways to get support and funding from the community.

Founded as Students Against Driving Drunk in 1981 in Wayland, Mass., SADD has grown to become the nation's premier peer-led youth education and prevention organization, with 10,000 chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges. In 1997, in response to requests from SADD students themselves, SADD expanded its mission and now sponsors chapters called Students Against Destructive Decisions.

More information about SADD is available at www.sadd.org.