This week at Carteret High School, Pathways School Based Youth Services Program recognized SADD week.
SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, is a student club facilitated by Pathways SBYSP with the goal of raising awareness of and preventing student engagement in destructive behaviors. Many of the acitivities focus on distracted driving, substance use and relationship violence. Each year, Pathways SBYSP attempts to coordinate SADD week with Prom season with the hopes of decreasing risk taking behavior.
Earlier in the week SADD students were in the cafeteria leading activities focused on "partying smart". Students who are going to prom signed a pledge to be safe during and after prom, these pledges were displayed on the cafeteria wall.
After taking the pledge to be smart and safe students were able to play prom pong. A clever play on the all too familiar beer pong, students bounced a ping pong ball into a colored cup. Each cup was coordinated with a question about safe behavior. When the student answered the question, they were given a pack of Smarties candies - reminding them to "party smart".
The week culminated in a presentation to the whole junior class. The presentation began with three young ladies singing "Lean on Me" accompanied and directed by Karen Boateng, Pathways Office Manager, and Jamique Graves, student, on drums. A spoken word piece written and performed by Erik Sapp connected the powerful song to the destructive decisions young people can make..
Videos were made of the event. To watch Video #1 click here.