MADD on a Mission

MADD on a Mission at J-E-T
Posted on 02/12/2020
The following students received prizes for answering questions correctly during Friday morning’s assembly (left to right): Desmond Anderson, Cherrish Jones, Taniya Dean, Montrell Marshall, Christian Haskins, Trekel Stevens, Hannah Holmes, Speaker Ashley Merrick, Raymond Henry, Wyatt Davenport, Elijah Holmes, and Weston Herlong.

Photo Caption: The following students received prizes for answering questions correctly during Friday morning’s assembly (left to right): Desmond Anderson, Cherrish Jones, Taniya Dean, Montrell Marshall, Christian Haskins, Trekel Stevens, Hannah Holmes, Speaker Ashley Merrick, Raymond Henry, Wyatt Davenport, Elijah Holmes, and Weston Herlong.

In an effort to continue spreading the word about the dangers of drinking and driving, Ashley Merrick, a representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), visited Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School during the morning assembly program on January 31. Because part of MADD’s mission is to prevent underage drinking, she discussed the physical, emotional, and legal consequences of decisions involving alcohol and dispelled some popular myths about alcohol consumption.

During her visit, Ms. Merrick also shared real-life examples of those who have lost loved ones to alcohol-related incidents. For example, she told the students about Patricia Voelker, a Lexington County MADD volunteer, who lost three grandchildren and a son-in-law who were traveling in the same car when they were hit by a drunk driver.

One of the highlights of the assembly included questions for students to answer. Those who answered correctly received wristbands as prizes, and all students who volunteered responded correctly.

“What we want for you to do,” Ms. Merrick told the students, “is to be able to see how your decisions affect others and yourself.” She reminded students to avoid getting into any car with anyone who has been drinking and to have a plan in place for making difficult decisions.

Assembly programs like these empower students with the information they need to make choices that will benefit them in the future and help them stay safe.

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