Monday, May 9, 2011

Putnam High School tries to direct students away from drinking, driving

Norwich Bulletin (Putnam, CT) May 7, 2011

"For Putnam High School’s first-year Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter, it’s crunch time — and not just because finals are around the corner.
In the week leading up to the prom Friday, the 14 students, mostly seniors, will bring in the director of nursing from the local hospital, put on a mock car crash and distribute letters from elementary schoolers asking their peers not to drink alcohol, and especially not to drink and drive. It’s the culmination of a year’s worth of substance abuse prevention work.
Lisa Mooney, a social worker at the elementary and high schools and the group’s adviser, said the efforts aim to communicate two messages: first, that drunken driving carries very real, sometimes life-ending consequences, and second, that younger students do care about and look up to high-schoolers." Read more

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