Dardanelle EAST Represents SAUD at State School Board Association Meeting


Dardanelle EAST Represents SAUD at State School Board Association Meeting
8/14/2013 4:40:45 PM

As representatives of Students Against Underage Driving, DHS EAST students present their distracted driving awareness programs.

As EAST projects for this year, Dardanelle EAST students Tanner and Chloe, along with Jessica, Kate, Tyler, Tanner, Kyle, Teddy, Elon, and Haley are developing two programs, one a drinking and driving awareness program and the other a texting while driving awareness program, "Don't be Intexticated".

As representatives of Students Against Underage Driving, Tanner and Chloe presented the two distracted driving programs to the members of the Arkansas School Board Association in December, along with other Teen Coalition students from Pope and Yell Counties.

"A Life Lost Forever," an anti-drinking PSA, was selected for local cable broadcast during the holidays through a grant obtained by the Russellville Police Association. During prom time at DHS, the SAUD group wants to promote healthy living by campaigning against drinking and driving. The "Don't be Intexticated" PSA and campaign will be presented to the DHS student body during February in conjunction with the nationwide Allstate X-Text program against texting and driving.

The students use Adobe Premiere for video editing and Adobe Photoshop for poster campaign products.

The Arkansas School Board Association invited representatives from each school district to present their projects and action plans to school board members from around the state during two sessions. Two students from each of the Pope and Yell County Teen Leadership Coalitions with their counselor or sponsor, presented at the Arkansas School Board Association Annual State Conference at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

This was the second year to receive an invitation and the first time in recent history that students presented for the association members. Those presenting were Chloe and Tanner from Dardanelle; Kando and Alex from Atkins; Danielle and Jordon from Two Rivers; Franee and Megan from Dover; Taylor and Jacob from Hector; Michelle and Andy from Pottsville; Rachel, Paige, Madisun, Oliva, and Josh from Russellville.  Adult presenters included Angie White with Child Development INC, and Margie Smith member of the Russellville Board of Education.

Students were able to share ideas and campaigns that their coalitions have implemented in their school districts.  Students also shared PSAs (public service announcements).

The Teen Coalitions are made up of students in each school district in Pope and Yell Counties with the purpose to teach their student body how to make healthier life choices. The coalitions were brought together in the fall at the two-day 2010 Teen Leadership Conference. Volunteers from the River Valley Prevention Coalition were on hand to teach students current data trends; to help students prioritize their risk factors to determine their target for intervention; and create an action plan to guide their prevention efforts. 

Additional events are scheduled to promote the Student-Led Coalitions in the spring of 2011.

Pope and Yell County Student presenters.


Virginia Berner, Russellville School Board President, Dardanelle EAST students and presenters Chloe and Tanner.



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