Why a S.A.D.D. Chapter at O.L.H.M.S.?
Some statistics: 20% of students in middle school have tried or currently use drugs or alcohol. That means 80% don't. We want to work with and help that 20% and keep the 80% from making destructive decisions that could drastically change their lives. Talking with and helping other students in a SADD chapter can positively impact teens.
What do we do in S.A.D.D.?
Students in this club will discuss issues middle school students face such as peer pressure, bullying, stress, teen violence, and self harm. Students will create informational posters and resources to place around the school so our students have a source to go to when in need.
Students will also participate in community events such as Oak Lawn's Red Ribbon Kick-off and Block party. They will assist some high school SADD chapters (Oak Lawn High School, Richards, and McAuley) in their outreach programs.
In addition to the above activities, we do have time for fun. We try out various team building and trust building activities. This is a great way for our chapter members to bond and make some great, healthy, friendships.
When does S.A.D.D. meet?
SADD meets every Monday (when school is in session) from 3:30-4:30 in room 1113. This club will run throughout the school year and is open for students to join at any time (with permission from Ms. Stangel)
Who can join S.A.D.D.?
Any OLHMS student can join! However, if we are at capacity (20 students), we can put you on a waiting list.
What if I want to join S.A.D.D. but can't attend all meetings?
That's ok! S.A.D.D. wants you to be involved in other clubs and activities! We like when you are with us, but understand if you want to try out for a sport or join another club for a trimester. We just ask that you attend as many as you can.
Club Sponsors: Ms. K. Stangel, School Counselor & Ms. C. Kapelinski, Teacher
Originally, the mission of the SADD chapter was to help young people say "No" to drinking and driving. Today, the mission has expanded. Students have told us that positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for their lives. And that is why SADD has become a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
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.