Warren County SADD chapter plans annual spring conference

The Warren County chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will be hosting its 22nd Annual Spring Conference on Friday, April 19th at the Holy Redeemer Center in Warren from 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Students from Warren County schools, along with students from Tidioute Charter School, and other school districts, will attend.

This year’s theme is “What’s your story? Live to tell it,” encouraging students to make decisions that lead them down a long path in life, with many safe, yet exciting pages in their stories along the way.

The keynote speaker for the day is Tim Radar. “Twice, Tim Rader faced seemingly insurmountable odds and won. As a promising high school quarterback in his senior year, Radar was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His dreams of playing college ball were shattered as he fought for his life. He beat cancer but was left with a serious opiate addiction that would haunt him for more than a decade. Now living drug free, Radar tells a story of addiction and redemption that is a cautionary tale from which anyone can learn” (www.timradar.org).

In addition to Radar’s break-out session/workshop, student participants will also discuss the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) with Chief Mineweaser from Youngsville and listen to a group from Abraxas, who will share their stories with the students.

New this year is the seatbelt challenge and the SADD talent show. Four students will participate in a seatbelt challenge. The group is expressing thanks to Midtown Motors for donating a vehicle to use for this activity. Winners of the challenge will receive a plaque donated by B&N Trophies. The SADD talent show is open to groups of students who would like to share their talent. The winner will be chosen by the audience and will also receive a plaque..

This conference would not be possible without donations from area businesses, individuals, and organizations. SADD would like to thank everyone who donated food, money, and their valuable time to make this conference happen, especially the Holy Redeemer Center for providing a location to hold the event. In addition, SADD would like to thank Little Caesar’s, Pizza Hut, Fox’s Pizza Den, and Napoli’s for donating or discounting the pizza for lunch. A huge thanks also goes to Warren Surefine, Thornes BiLo, Holiday Inn, Kmart, McDonalds, Allegheny Pit Stop, Burger King, Perkins Restaurant, Wendy’s, Walmart, Kondak’s, American Legion Post 135, the Exchange Club, United Refining Company, the Warren Foundation, Forest County General Fund DUI Association, Voty Insurance Agency, John Gertsch Memorial Fund and Betts Industries for their generous monetary and food donations.

Each year, this day provides students with information about how the decisions they make can affect their lives. Through the generosity of organizations, businesses, and individuals of Warren County, we hope this event continues to motivate students to think about their decisions and to make positive choices.

Questions can be directed to the Warren County SADD coordinator Bonnie Webster at 728-3522.