My internship in the office may have ended this summer, but that doesn’t mean I stop helping people. Much like how we at Huff Insurance help protect you, SADD looks to help protect students. As the President of the SADD club at Severna Park High School I have learned a lot, and I take that newfound knowledge and pass it on to other students and spread the message of SADD, and hope to persuade other students to buy into the SADD message.
You may be saying to yourself, “Well that’s all great, but what in the world is SADD?” Founded by students in 1981 in Massachusetts as “Students against Drunk Driving” SADD had grown to become one of the nation’s leaders in youth education and prevention for drunk driving. In 1997, SADD expanded their name and mission to “Students Against Destructive Decisions.” SADD now highlights prevention of all destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, impaired driving, violence, and suicide. Today, SADD’s mission is “to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.”
Car accidents are the leading cause of death amongst teenagers, followed by homicide, and suicide. Teenagers are also at the age of what they do now, can and will affect them later in life. Today, SADD chapters are nationwide and affect millions of students each year. SADD was founded on the simple philosophy that young people, empowered to help each other, are the most effective force in prevention. With thousands of chapters nationwide and a strong network of state coordinators and school-based advisors, SADD is uniquely positioned to help young people with the growing threats to their health, happiness, and safety. Through their campaigns and activities, SADD chapters influence millions of people in schools, families, local community organizations, businesses, law enforcement agencies, and the media. As an active, established youth program, SADD reaches into more schools and touches more young people for longer periods of time than does any other program.
Most of the high schools in Anne Arundel County have established SADD Chapters. At Severna Park High School, I am fortunate enough to be president of this outstanding club that means a great deal to me. When I’m working as intern in the insurance office during the summer, I love knowing what I do is to protect our clients, and every time I hear our agents on the phones, or talking to our clients in person, I like knowing they are doing everything they can to look out for you. That’s why when I return to school, I like knowing what I’m doing with SADD is not only helping myself, but my fellow classmates, and the school and community as a whole.
I can’t do it alone; I have fantastic teachers who help with the organization. I also have great support from other teachers in the school, as well as administration. I also have tremendous students who come to meetings, and help with meeting planning and activities to show our school how to make positive choices, and why they should think again, before they make a destructive decision. I encourage you all to visit the national SADD website at www.sadd.org. For more information, specifically on the Severna Park SADD chapter, email SPHSSADD@gmail.com
Huff Insurance is a proud sponsor of the Severna Park High School SADD club.
If you would, or your business would like to donate/sponsor the Severna Park High School SADD chapter please send an email to SPHSSADD@gmail.com. We would greatly appreciate any donation and is a tremendous help to get the word out, and prevent teenagers in our community from making destructive decisions.