Sadd Members Pledge To Stay Drug-Free

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A group of Payson High School students made the promise last week to live a drug-free life.

The teenagers -- members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) -- made the commitment while participating in Red Ribbon Week.

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Members of the Students Against Destructive Decisions at Payson High School show off the T-shirts they made during Red Ribbon Week. Behind the group is the banner the students signed promising to live a drug-free life.

Each school day, SADD sponsored events to bolster the spirit and enthusiasm of the teens toward adopting the "I promise to live a drug-free life," banner in the student lounge. They also wore numbered red ribbons, and throughout the day, ribbon numbers were called and those selected were awarded prizes.

Tuesday was "Cap on Drugs Day" during which participants who wore their favorite sports cap were allowed time during lunch hour to make personal drug-free T-shirts. Prizes were awarded for the most creative or most communicative T-shirts.

Wednesday was designated "Wear Anything Red" day, which turned the school campus turned into a sea of red.

On Thursday, students who wore their drug-free T-shirts were entered in a contest.

Costumes highlighted Friday. Students were encouraged to wear something that would help keep them drug-free. For instance, student who enjoyed rock climbing went to school in his climbing harness and helmet.

SADD sponsor, recent University of Arizona graduate and PHS alumna Abigail Reisdorf, said the week-long activities were a success.

"I think students enjoyed (the activities) and learned from them," she said.

Senior Stephanie Vandruff was among the students who enjoyed the festivities.

About the only snag, she said, was that some of the teachers didn't know students were allowed to wear hats on Cap Day.

"I liked the idea we had the ribbons the whole week," Vandruff said. "A lot of students wore them and it showed school spirit."

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