Indian Lake High School SADD members are demonstrating the dangers of tobacco use and other risky behavior during presentations at Indian Lake Elementary School.
The ILHS Students Against Destructive Decisions Club made an impression on 4th graders when they had them chew up a Tootsie Roll and spit it into a cup showing the residue left behind by chewing tobacco. SADD members also had students jog in place for 30 seconds, then plug their nose and breathe through a straw signifying the impact of smoking cigarettes on lungs over time.
Beyond tobacco, the ILHS SADD presentations also warn about Internet and cell phone safety, avoiding prescription drugs, stranger danger, bicycle safety and even limiting video game play. They also stressed the importance of exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices.
Fourth graders will be making posters featuring what they learned from the SADD members. SADD advisor Deb Metzger says she hopes that these older students can serve as role models and influence the elementary children to make positive choices.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.