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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Hewlett Happenings
Guidance toward making the right choices
Lauren Dana
Lauren Dana
Hewlett High School

It’s 2013 and the teenage drug epidemic has reached an all-time high, according to the website Drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov run by the National Institute of Health. More than 1,400 high school students die each year from drug-related causes, based on its statistics. To counter this, numerous organizations and campaigns were established to warn teenagers of the effects of drugs and urge them to make good, responsible decisions.

One drug prevention campaign is Red Ribbon Week (this year, Oct. 21-29), the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. It aims to educate high school students on the effects of drugs and persuade students to live drug-free.

As president of Hewlett High School School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club, I, along with fellow members, organized a table in the main hallway this, where students had the opportunity to stop by and sign their name on a huge poster, pledging to be drug free. Overall, the event was a success; we had hundreds of signatures on the poster, which is currently hanging in the main hallway.

In addition to organizing the table, SADD also entered a contest, in which we submitted a short video. If we win, we will receive nationwide recognition, and the video would be aired on television. SADD members starred in the 30-second public service announcement, which was shot, edited, and directed by senior Nicholas Belluccia. The video aims to show teenagers that life doesn’t have a “rewind” button. A group of teenagers drink and take drugs, and then subsequently get into a car. Sirens, blinding white light, and the sounds of a car wreck are the next things heard and seen. The message: Make good choices; you can’t go back in time.

“I think that it is important that we celebrate Red Ribbon Week so that we raise public awareness and educate our students on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. It is one of our goals as Hewlett High School’s SADD club to educate our community and keep all students involved in the process,” said SADD faculty advisor, Sheryl Gordon.

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