On Sept. 26th from 4-7 pm at the recreation complex near the ball fields and horse arena in Celina, the Clay County Anti-Drug Coalition teamed up with Clay County Sheriff and Celina Police Departments along with local emergency and medical personnel to provide a community Health and Safety Fair. It was fun for all ages including: K9 demos, seat belt simulator, Boating Under the Influence Simulator, Child ID kits, drug information trailers from the Tennessee Counter Drug task force, Driving Under the Influence golf cart course, inflatable bounce house and obstacle course, free food and drinks, music and door prizes. The event was open to all community members of any age. Also, some people had brought unused or expired medication for safe disposal! Children also had the opportunity to sign and paint their hands to pledge to be drug free, bully free, and live safer lives. Together we can build stronger, safer communities in Clay County for us all!
Our CCHS SADD club was lucky enough to have gotten a picture with Blake McMeans when he came to our school. He told us his first hand story about drunk driving; not only did it change his life but it changed the lives of other people. He told us about how your actions have consequences and to never drink underage. It isn't just illegal, it's bad for you. Every time I hear his story I can't help but to cry. Blake McMeans is one of the best presenters I have heard.
- Brittany Bohn
The SADD club had a booth set up at Celina's Moonshine Daze Festival where we shared the harmful affects of drugs and alcohol. We had several displays set up and pamphlets available. We also teamed up with the sheriffs office and set up the Moonshiner's Jail where we jailed anybody for $1.00. All the profits that were made goes to the Clay County children's Christmas.
TTI 2015 was held at TTU this summer and was a blast. We got to stay in the dorm rooms at the university and even ordered pizza every night. And what's really cool is they gave us all matching shirts to wear each day we were there! But mainly it was about coming together with people from all over Tennessee. Our CCHS SADD group was all separated and put into different 'families' for the week. 'Families' were groups formed where every single teen was from a different school, and the 'parents' were just participants that have attended before. But during our 'family' meetings we got to discuss important issues in our communities and learn about popular issues among most teens. And then we had a time each day to meet and come up with a community action plan with our CCHS SADD members. This year we decided to focus on underage tobacco use. Our high school has a lot of underage tobacco abuse, so we came up with plans on how to get kids to hopefully stop. Also while we were at TTI we were fortunate enough to hear great guest speakers. For instance Kevin Wanzer had us laughing almost the whole time with his amazing presentation, and Blake McMeans brought tears to our eyes with his first hand experience on drunk driving. All of the keynote speakers shared their personal stories and you felt connected to them. Every person motivated me to go back to our community and help change the minds and decision making of the youth. Overall TTI was a great experience and I would love to go back next summer.
CCHS SADD Club
Clay County High School SADD club is a group of students helping to find ways to reach out to their fellow peers and the rest of the community about drug and alcohol abuse. The Students Against Destructive Decisions club meets at the high school every Thursday after school until 4:00 pm. Any high school student is welcomed to come :)