SADD earns state recognition
Pepperell High’s SADD club earns state recognition
Posted on 03/26/2010
Pepperell High’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club is a finalist in the 2010 Governor’s Red Ribbon Contest. The student club at PHS will be honored at the Governor’s Red Ribbon Celebration that will be held in the South Atrium of the Georgia Capitol at 10:30 a.m. on April 1. The SADD club was nominated for the award by the Floyd Against Drugs board. 

The Pepperell High SADD club his been very active in safety and prevention programs with teen groups in the area. The group will hold a community Safe Driving Expo on Saturday, April 3 on the campus of Georgia Highlands College. The expo will seek to bring awareness to the dangers of distractions while driving. Among demonstrations available for participants will be a texting while driving obstacle course. The group was also awarded a $2,000 highway safety grant by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in the fall of 2009. Other activities of the SADD club this year include: participation in the Lindale Community Focus/Clean-Up Week, regular school seatbelt checks, promotion of National Teen Driving Safety Week, mentoring students at McHenry Primary’s Fall Festival, participation in the 1st Annual Teen Expo sponsored by FAD and Northwest Georgia Public Health at the Boys & Girls Club, they helped with the Pepperell Primary DragonFest, coordinated Red Ribbon Week Activities, and participated in the Rome Christmas Parade. SADD won 1st place in the Coosa Valley Fair for their exhibit “The Effects of Prescription Drugs” and also displayed their winning exhibit at the Rome/Floyd County Community Forum on Drugs.

Pepperell High teacher Alana Ellenburg, faculty advisor of the SADD club, and student members will be honored at the Red Ribbon Celebration as finalists for the Prevention Ambassador – Perpetual Trophy. PHS is joined by two additional high schools, two middle schools, two elementary schools and five community groups as finalists for the honor. The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Governor Sonny Perdue will present the award In honor of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena whose death sparked community commemoration of his work. US Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Theodore Golden of the DEA’s Atlanta Field Division will speak about the history and purpose of the Red Ribbon Campaign. In addition to these dignitaries, Ms. Cassandra Price, Executive Director of the Division of Addictive Diseases, and Dr. Brenda Rowe, Director of the Office of Prevention and Program Services will present schools, businesses and organizations with awards honoring their a host of creative activities promoting the drug free lifestyle during the 2009 Red Ribbon Week.