CHS begins annual Chain of Life effort

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed A community effort On March 8, Cassville High School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) started the annual Chain of Life with links signed by Superintendent Richard Asbill and Mayor Bill Shiveley. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Korissa Letta, secretary; Emily Cooper, president; Shiveley; Asbill Miranda Gaches, vice president; and Alex Hang. Back row: Bryton McCowan, male representative; Melissa Arnold, reporter; Zach Thomas; and Linzie Osbun, female representative.

On March 7, Cassville High School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) members, Cassville Superintendent Richard Asbill and Cassville Mayor Bill Shiveley gathered to begin the R-4 School District's annual Chain of Life, which is designed to inspire students and community members to remain drug- and alcohol-free.

"We want to get the community involved and let people know what the Chain of life is and what SADD offers," said Emily Cooper. "SADD helps community members know that there are still teens out there who want to do the right thing."

Chain of Life participants sign their names to slips of paper, which are looped into each other to create a paper chain. Students, faculty and community members are invited to sign a link for the Chain of Life throughout the month of March. The chain will then remain on display through the end of the 2012-13 school year.

"We are even inviting the younger students to sign links for this year's chain," said Elaine Boles, who serves as Cassville's SADD advisor.

The R-4 School District's Chain of Life leads the way for the Safe and Sober program, which Cassville High School participates in each year. Safe and Sober encourages students to refrain from using drugs and alcohol on prom and graduation nights.

The Safe and Sober program was initiated by Springfield-based attorney Kurt Larson and is sponsored by the Mercy Health Foundation-Springfield. The program uses video presentations and a pledge agreement to create awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and encourage teens to lead a safe and sober lifestyle.

In addition to organizing the Chain of Life and local Safe and Sober activities, SADD students take part in community events and attend the Speak Hard Event in Jefferson City each year. This year, Cooper and Korissa Letta, SADD secretary, will be speaking to Sen. David Sater and Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick during their visit to the state capitol on March 27.

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