Students 'locked' away

CROWN POINT Crown Point Central School students were under lock and key recently, but it wasnt because they had done anything wrong. In fact. it was because they were demonstrating their commitment to make positive decisions. The schools SADD Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter hosted a Lock In March 28 and 29. Students stayed in the school from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day with chaperones. Students from surrounding schools were also invited. Events-Sound, Inc. from Lake Placid provided entertainment. There were also games and activities like sumo wrestling, an indoor obstacle course and a jousting arena along with plenty of food. Crystal L. Farrell, a Crown Point teacher and the SADD chapter adviser, said the purpose of the event was to bring participants together to discuss decision making. The purpose of SADD is to encourage students; help empower them to make responsible decisions, positive choices, and provide them with ideas or outlets that do not include drugs, alcohol or other high-risk behaviors, Farrell said. Education is also an important aspect of SADD, she added. Students are encouraged to learn what the legal ramifications of underage drinking are; illicit drug use and related high-risk behaviors are. They are also encouraged to learn how as a peer to develop peer-counseling skills to discourage destructive behaviors, and build positive relationships. SADD students created a Wall of Stars. Students created and signed stars in order to pledge against making destructive decisions. The stars will be displayed on a wall at the school. This was an opportunity to get teens together from surrounding communities, empower them with positive choices that do not involve destructive decisions, Farrell said.

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