SADD conference to be held at Holy Redeemer Friday

The Warren County chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will host its 22nd Annual Spring Conference on Friday, April 19, at 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 will be “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 will be Tim Radar. “Twice, Tim Rader faced seemingly insurmountable odds and won. As a promising high school quarterback in his senior year, Tim was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His dreams of playing college ball were shattered as he fought for his life. Tim beat cancer but was left with a serious opiate addiction that would haunt him for more than a decade. Now living drug free, Tim 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 Todd 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. Midtown Motors has donated a vehicle to use for this activity. Winners of the challenge will receive a plaque. The SADD talent show is open to groups of students who would like to share their talents. The winner will be chosen by the audience and will also receive a plaque. B and N Trophies donated the plaques for these two activities.

This conference would not be possible without donations of food, money and time from area businesses, individuals and organizations, including Holy Redeemer Center for the facility, Little Caesar’s, Pizza Hut, Fox’s Pizza Den, and Napoli’s, 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.

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, according to a SADD spokesperson.

SADD would like to extend an open invitation to anyone who wants to stop in to see what the conference entails. Any questions can be directed to the Warren County SADD coordinator Bonnie Webster at 728-3522.