PHS receives GOHS Grant
Pepperell SADD Club receives state grant to continue teen safe driving efforts
Posted on 12/16/2016
SADD Club holds safe driving expo with obstacle course driving in golf carts
Pepperell High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) has received a $6,500 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).  The grant will continue the teen group's efforts to increase safe driving and decrease crashes and injuries/fatalities due to vehicle accidents.

“Our Pepperell High SADD Chapter could not have the success we have had over the last 12 years without the support of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety," said Alana Ellenburg, advisor for the group. "We have continued to educate Pepperell students and the public in Floyd County as our students work to increase awareness for driving related issues such as texting and driving, speeding, seatbelt use, effective use of child safety seats, and more."  Ellenburg added, "Pepperell students are very excited about working with the State Department of Transportation on ideas they have to improve roadway safety in Floyd County.”

The Pepperell High School SADD Chapter’s primary mission is to empower teens to spread the word among their peers about deadly driving risks and encourage them to make smart choices while behind the wheel and as passengers. Pepperell’s SADD Chapter has held an annual Driving Expo for 10 years, sponsored Fair Exhibits, conducted seatbelt checks and most recently worked with the Floyd County Public Works to improve road conditions for local school buses.

“I've never been involved in a club that is so active and involved in the community," stated Heaven Forsyth, a senior at Pepperell. "To know that I'm a part of something so much bigger than I am is very humbling and the leadership and communication skills I have learned will carry into my college and working careers." Forsyth added, "The passion for preventing accidents on the roads and knowing I can make a difference as a high school student has kept me in SADD for four years." 

Vehicle crashes kill more young people than any other cause, accounting for nearly half of all teen deaths in America each year. About 2,800 U.S. teens die each year in car crashes; that’s the equivalent of a school bus loaded with teenagers crashing once every week for an entire year. Ellenburg concluded,“We feel the PHS SADD Chapter is an excellent way for students to get involved directly with their peers and help save lives.”

“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to keeping everyone safe on our roads and highways, from the smallest precious cargo to the most seasoned drivers,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.