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Students raise funds for women's shelter

Members of Stafford Technical Center's SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Chapter who are members of the Public Safety Services Program, conducted a "silent witness" campaign to heighten awareness of the issue of teen dating violence.

Mark Skakel, the instructor in the STC Forestry and Horticulture Program, asked Cierra Phelps, who had designed the teen dating awareness program, to make a presentation about the issue to his class. After the presentation, forestry and SADD members decided to collaborate on a raffle for a cord of firewood which the forestry program students would cut, stack, and deliver. Forty tickets at $5 each were sold by the two groups, and $200 was raised.

The students asked the coordinators of the Stafford Digital Arts Program to make a large "check" for the presentation, and students from the two programs, as well as three students from Electrical and Plumbing made the presentation of the check to Sharon Norton, the assistant director of the Women's Network and Shelter and Addie Gladding, the network's child and youth legal advocate.

Gladding served as the contact person for SADD members as they set up an information and referral table and ran the awareness campaign. The SADD members, the Rutland County Women's Network, and the STC Forestry and Horticulture Program enjoyed the partnership and are exploring future partnerships.

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