The holidays are a time for celebration and members of MADD [Mothers Against Drunk Driving] and Pocahontas County High School’s new chapter of SADD [Students Against Destructive Decisions] have one request – Tie One On.
With the use of grant money, the Pocahontas County Prevention Coalition started a SADD chapter at PCHS this year.
According to www.sadd.org, the mission of the organization is “to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them in their daily lives. We accomplish this by creating, equipping and sustaining a network of student-led chapters in schools and communities focused on peer-to-peer education. SADD fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency, leadership and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life decisions.”
Each year, MADD asks motorists to display a red ribbon on the antenna, or other visible area of their vehicles to remind others to always have a designated driver. SADD has joined in the mission to spread awareness by participating in the Tie One On campaign this year.
Along with displaying a red ribbon, MADD recommends celebrating the season with “mocktails” or non-alcoholic beverages, and offer guests a place to stay if they do decide to drink.
Red ribbons for the Tie One On campaign are available at the following businesses: The Pocahontas Times, State Farm Insurance, Snowshoe Career Center, The Flower Garden, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff’s deputies, the Pocahontas County Tax Office, Nationwide Insurance, Family Resource Network, Community Care of West Virginia in Marlinton and Green Bank, Henry’s Quick Stop and Trent’s General stores.
See next week’s edition of The Pocahontas Times for an in-depth look at the SADD club at PCHS.