Emma McIntyre – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS sophomore Tayla Rosenthal decided as a freshman that she wanted to leave a mark on the school, so she began planning a club for the upcoming year. Because of her efforts, the National Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) club was formed.
Rosenthal spent a lot of time researching club ideas until she fell upon S.A.D.D. “As I went through my freshman year, I realized that our school lacked a place for kids to go and be informed of what is good and bad,” she said.
The S.A.D.D. club was brought to Lakewood Ranch to prevent students from making dangerous decisions that could affect the rest of their lives.
The club has scheduled many events throughout the year to help spread awareness about certain topics. For example, drug and alcohol awareness, safe driving campaigns, bulling campaigns, suicide prevention, and domestic (dating) violence prevention are all issues to be addressed in the first year of the S.A.D.D club.
“If during a suicide prevention event someone realizes they are suicidal and seeks help, or if during an abusive relationship campaign someone realizes their relationship is not healthy and decides to take action upon it, as the club founder, I feel like I have succeeded,” stated Rosenthal.
Mustangs can join the S.A.D.D. club by attending the first meeting after school on Aug. 28 in English teacher and club adviser Mike Wood’s room, 625.