For more than a quarter-century, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) has been empowering students to make a difference in the lives of their peers, saving thousands of young lives along the way. "SADD Turns 25: Lighting the Way," a nationwide event, offers SADD students and their schools and communities an opportunity to celebrate this success and light the way for the next 25 years.
"SADD is a constant reminder for teens to lead a safe, healthy lifestyle and to help our friends make the right choices, too," said Daniel Vocelle of Vero Beach, Florida, SADD National Student of the Year. "We are students standing up to make a difference."
During the week of Oct. 30 through Nov. 3, SADD chapters will hold themed activities focusing on key issues such as underage drinking, other drug use, and safe driving. Many chapters are also holding special ceremonies on November 2, "SADD Lantern Night." SADD students will bring together community members, including law enforcement officers, teachers, parents, and local elected officials.
"It's a call to action to address the serious challenges facing young people," Vocelle added. To make the event even more memorable and symbolic, homemade lanterns will be lit, signifying hope and remembrance and their commitment to keep youth safe.