Students and Parents Sign On for Safety

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Students at Rushmore Avenue School joined the Carle Place High School Students Against Destructive Decisions group in observing Red Ribbon Week, which ran from Oct. 21-25. Seniors Heidy Beras and Kaitlyn Stabile, the president and vice president of the district’s SADD chapter, spoke to students in the fifth and sixth grades about the national Red Ribbon Campaign, which promotes drug awareness, advocacy and resources for students.

Their presentations not only educated the students about the dangers of abusing alcohol and drugs, but also informed them on how to make better decisions when faced with peer pressure. “Be an upstanding citizen – do the right thing,” said Stabile. “It’s all about who you hang out with. Stay away from people and situations that you know will bring trouble and if you see something, tell a responsible adult.” Students also participated in a situational quiz called “What Would You Do” where they worked collaboratively to find the best possible solution to real-life predicaments.

To endorse their commitment to making healthy choices, students at both the middle and high school signed a SADD Contract for Life with their parents, which encourages communication about potentially destructive decisions related to alcohol, other drugs and peer pressure. “It helps to make difficult conversations easier to have with your parents,” said Stabile. “The agreement certifies that the parent will always be there to help their child out of a situation and wait until a more calm time to have a discussion.”