By Bojana Vujovic, BEAT Reporter
BRUNSWICK, Ohio-Jr. SADD is a club formed by students to promote good decision making.
Jr. SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions. The purpose of Jr. SADD is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drug use, risky and impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
Anyone at Edwards Middle School can join Jr. SADD. However, they must sign a contract that states they have to be a good role model to their peers and others.
Failure to follow these rules may result in disciplinary action or removal from office. Kathy Fulkerson (Jr. SADD leader at Edwards) said that, “Every member of Jr SADD has realized that the impact of making destructive decisions can last a lifetime!”
Jr. SADD is doing so many activities to promote the awareness of making good decisions. Every month they have a new theme. Themes that they have used to increase awareness have included the Jr SADD Membership Drive, The Power of Friendship, Red Ribbon Week, Multiple Myeloma and in addition they have also increased their knowledge of many community needs.
Jr. SADD has sold Multiple Myeloma bracelets during lunch periods and have raised $122.00. The students were also given literature and announcements were made to educate everyone on what Multiple Myeloma is and how it affects one’s life. Jr. SADD donated 14 hours to the Salvation Army this winter by ringing the bell to obtain donations for Northern Medina County.
Also, Jr. SADD is in the process of collecting items to donate to the Medina County SPCA. Finally, they will participate in helping launch off the Dance Marathon this spring. Proceeds will benefit families in need at Edwards Middle School.
It is important to have a club like this to help students make good choices that will impact their lives and the lives of their families and friends. Fulkerson says that she feels a great sense of pride leading this group. Jr. SADD is a great club for students to get involved with to help them make better choices and get involved with helping their community.
Bojana Vujovic, a sixth-grader at Edwards Middle School, is one of over thirty “backpack journalists” in the award-winning Brunswick Schools Video Program. The Program is sponsored by RPM, Plum Creek Assisted Living Community, Medina Hospital and Lorain County Community College/University of Akron at Midpoint Campus.