By Jack Ferris | Staff Writer
The SADD club encouraged students to stand up to drugs and alcohol during Red Ribbon Week on the week of Oct. 27-31. SADD also plans to have a fundraiser before prom promoting abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
In previous years, SADD hasn’t had much funding and support, but they’re looking to change that. Club members say that SADD club is a good place to discuss making smart decisions.
“It’s a really great club that encourages people to make good decisions and promotes smart choices,” junior Allie Cyr said.
A study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, proved that 78 percent of U.S. teens drink alcohol. Additionally, 81 percent of teens said they had the opportunity to use drugs, but only 42.5 percent actually tried them.
“At Pearce, drinking and drugs is a big problem,” SADD sponsor Gretchen Kimpel said. “SADD tries to raise awareness because, inevitably, bad things can happen.”
SADD also plans to have another fundraiser closer to prom to promote safe driving. The club doesn’t have their officers chosen, but they are currently in the process.
“A big goal is to have kids not be embarrassed to take a stand against drinking and drugs,” Mrs. Kimpel said. “We try to show kids that it’s cool to stand up to that stuff.”
SADD meets on Tuesdays to discuss issues about drinking and drugs.
“The meetings give me an opportunity to discuss my opinions with my fellow peers,” junior Jake Griffin said, “although it is kind of weird being the only guy in the club.”