middle school students face the same issues as do high school students. It
is so important for SADD chapters to reach out to their middle school counterparts
and help them in facing dangerous decisions that could have long-term consequences.
Research has found messages taught by peer-led programs are significantly
more successful than are the same messages taught by the classroom teacher.
It's the best way to get the attention and commitment of middle school students,
having high school SADD members speaking and working with them! Helping them
to start a SADD chapter or working with an established chapter would be the
mentors for middle school students, SADD members can provide information,
skills, encouragement and support to help these younger students say no to
tobacco, alcohol and other drugs and follow good safety practices.
following are activities that your SADD chapter can do during Middle School
than just speaking to students, consider mixing your presentation with a
play, skit, role-play or rap to get your message across.
possible, make your presentation interactive, including middle school students
in the action. Provide a copy of the material for students to keep as a
young people to buckle up whenever they are in a car is a high priority.
For fun with a message, hold a Quick Click Buckle Challenge to teach the
ease and necessity of buckling up for safety. Invite Vince and Larry, the
crash dummies, to assist. To host a Quick Click Buckle Challenge, you will
need a stopwatch and a four-door sedan with seat belts. A bullhorn and whistle
are also helpful. Teams of four students race against time as they jump
into a parked car, put on their seat belts, raise their hands in the air,
then change seats and repeat the procedure until students are back in their
starting positions. The object is to have the shortest time. Winning schools
have been known to put on and take off four sets of seat belts in 25 seconds.
While talking about safety belts, don't forget to discuss the issue of air
bags and where younger brothers and sisters should sit in a car.
alcohol and other drugs are now prevalent in the lives of many middle school
youngsters. SADD members can do much to assist these young students in learning
how to say no, why it is important to say no, and how to save face with
their peers while saying no. Role-playing is a great way to get the message
encourage students to really take a look at the downside of tobacco use,
conduct a door contest. Choose categories for awards and give prizes to
the best in each category. Leave the doors decorated for a week so students
will see the message daily as they pass the doors.
skateboards, in-line skating and scooters are the major means of travel
and fun for middle school students. These activities, when not done safely,
can be major causes of injuries and even death. SADD members can be very
effective in making sure that younger students know how to participate in
these activities safely. Plan a Bicycle and In-line Skating Rodeo, including
a test of skills and safety checks for both bikes and skates. Ask a local
bicycle club, bicycle shop and a knowledgeable police officer to assist
in this project. Your local civic organization may also be willing to help
by providing snacks and drinks.
the issues that previously only affected high school age youth are now working
down to the middle school, many activities conducted at the high school
can be duplicated at the middle school. Middle school students like to do
the Chain of Life, Red Ribbon Campaign, and the Tree of Life.
forget to have them sign the SADD Contract for Life. Even though they are
not old enough to drive, they could still find themselves in a dangerous
situation and needing to call home. Getting in a car with someone who has
been drinking is one of those instances.
March is commonly Middle School Month, activities at your middle school and
even your elementary school can be done throughout the year.
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