This spring 80 percent of students at Kearney High School (KHS) took a pledge to be Safe and Sober. Safe and Sober, a nonprofit organization, rewarded Kearney High School and its students for their outstanding participation in the program by giving the school a check for $500.
In the 2016-2017 school year, 462 middle and high schools with more than 160,000 students statewide registered for the free Safe and Sober program. This program is made available thanks to a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation and private donations. Each school received a school kit full of educational materials including pledge cards for each student, discussion guides and an engaging video designed to illustrate the dangers and consequences of underage drinking and drunk driving.
The Safe and Sober program is implemented in a unique way at each school. Kearney used the Safe and Sober program along with their prom assembly on April 21. Some of the school staff used the additional resources found in the Safe and Sober school kit, and showed the Safe and Sober drug prevention video as well.
KHS counselor Tracy Karnes said, “You can’t measure prevention, but I think you can assume SADD Club (with Safe and Sober) saved lives today.”
Safe and Sober is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Missouri high school and middle school students and their parents on the dangers of underage drinking, drunk driving and drug use. For more information visit missourisafeandsober.com.