Four SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club of Johnson County members recently attended a Leadership Retreat in Antioch, Tennessee. The objectives of the retreat were for the teens to gain knowledge and understanding of underage drinking, distractive driving, social media safety, and leadership skills. In attendance were Kendra Smith, Elizabeth Coffey, Jasmine Stephens, and Channing DeGeorge.
Retreat speakers presented the effects of alcohol with a focus on underage drinking and distracted driving. The speakers had powerful messages, and gave every club member the tools they need to come back to their community and teach others about the dangers of drinking and driving and distractive driving. “Ollie the Otter,” who goes into schools to teach about seatbelt safety, was also present.
Tennessee SADD Coordinator, Julie Strike, works hard to seek funding from State Farm and others organizations to keep the cost of this retreat low so students across the state can attend. Other activities included pairing up with a “Lobster” buddy, a Lip-Sync Battle, a Singing Competition, and a Dance Off. Among the activities were specialized equipment, “Virtual Reality Goggles,” that simulate drowsy driving, drunk driving, and drugged driving. Each student was given an opportunity to give others positive feedback messages. The retreat was a great success and each SADD member that attended took away a great deal of knowledge.