RADD Students Participate in Stevens Middle School Assembly

RADD Students Participate in Stevens Middle School Assembly
Posted on 05/01/2017
RADD Students Participate in Stevens Middle School AssemblyPort Angeles, Wash. – Port Angeles High School (PAHS) students from R.A.D.D. (Rough Riders Against Destructive Decisions) participated in a social norms campaign at Stevens Middle School last week. 

“R.A.D.D. members spoke at the April 28 Stevens spirit assembly about the personal reasons they choose sobriety,” A.J. Teel, RADD advisor and PAHS Drug & Alcohol Interventionist said. “This tends to be a more positive message that the clean and sober majority can relate to. Some members of the club had younger siblings they were concerned about and they wanted to have a say in what was influencing them.”

“These campaigns focus on educating the student body on what percentages of students choose to be clean and sober,” explained Teel. “Far less students use substances than what people believe. Students who are educated on the facts tend to make healthier decisions due to a correct perception of the social norm. Peer pressure is reduced when students know others are clean and sober.” 

“I think it was good for younger students to see high schoolers who want to be healthy and make choices that open up their opportunities in life,” Teel added. “I was proud of their boldness and willingness to speak. I’m looking forward to the next group of freshman coming up. Leeann Peterson has started a prevention club in the middle school this year and it was a pleasure to partner with them for the event.”

Accompanying photo shows, left to right,  Zachary Houk, Sammi Bates, Bonnie Owens, Alexus Yeater, Allison Locke, Gabriella Alice, Fiona Coleman, Leelah Smith.

Photo Credit:  Port Angeles School District

For additional assistance, contact:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District