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Team Spirit

Purpose

The purpose of Team Spirit is to promote safe driving in our community by increasing the usage of seat belts and eliminating texting while driving. It also promotes teen mental health and emotional wellness,  and support for adolescents who are struggling with isolation, depression or being victims of bullying or domestic crisis. Beginning in 1991, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) took a lead role in sponsoring Team Spirit. They have continued that commitment to Team Spirit by making it a part of MADD's Youth Program.

FacultyModerator

Mrs. Erin Gholson

Dues

Set at the First Meeting. Fundraising efforts include participation in Jr./Sr. Conference PSA competition.

Meetings

Noted on Google Calendar

Upcoming Events

Red Ribbon Week: October 23-31

Red Ribbon Week began after the kidnapping, torture, and murder of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985. Camarena had been working undercover for Guadalajara, Mexico for over four years. His efforts led to a tip that resulted in the discovery of a multimillion dollar narcotics manufacturing operation in Chihuahua, Mexico.  In the decades since, Red Ribbon Week  has become a national awareness program for the prevention of substance abuse.  If the demand is eliminated, then so will the waste of American potential and lives.

Bullying & Suicide Prevention: November

Each week committee members will be focusing on sharing some love with a different grade level via notes on their lockers. For the entire month teachers and students may fill out (or request to fill out) a kindness card in which they write the name of the student who was caught being kind and what they are doing. These will be used for a drawing at the end of November. Students may be caught doing something above and beyond for someone ekse by showing love, service, compassion, and kindness.

Drug Prevention: December

Dangerous Driving Choices: January - Perryville Police Department

Alcohol Abuse: February - SEMO Prevention Coalition

Service Project: March

Perry County Task Force Jr./Sr. Conference: TBA (Spring Before Prom)

SVHS juniors and seniors, along with Perryville High School and Saxony Lutheran High School, will attend a conference sponsored by Perry County Task Force at the Perry Park Center to review vehicle safety and responsibility.

Goals

  • Survey our students on "buckling up" (one per semester). Provide this data to our health and safety units.
  • Publish the "Buckle Up" message throughout our community with signs and electronic billboards with our local businesses.
  • Have periodically assemblies within our school to promote "Buckle Up" and "No Texting While Driving" messages.
  • Contact local businesses and have them promote seat belt safety and no texting and driving on electronic billboard signs during Red Ribbon Week.
  • Involve the Mayor and City Administrator to help us expand the messages in our streets and ask for their support on certain school events involving our local safety units.
  • Involve our high school students spreading the messages to our elementary school and visit their classrooms.

Quick Facts

The leading cause of vehicle accidents in the United States is now distracted  driving, surpassing impaired driving as the most dangerous behavior as a driver.  Our jobs as drivers is to DRIVE.  Do not try to multi-task-- choose a designated texter in the car to take charge of your cell phone so that you are not tempted.  If you are alone in the car, put your cell phone AWAY, or if you must, operate it with blue tooth so that you are hands-free with your phone and keeping both hands on the wheel.  Be safe. DRIVE to ARRIVE ALIVE!

How We Feel

“You see accidents on the news that could have simply been eliminated with the use of a seat belt. These decisions not only hurt you but other drivers around you. Your mistake could end someone’s family or friend’s life. I don’t want it to be mine or yours. I think that Team Spirit is working toward a very good cause.”
 
“Seatbelts are something you should do out of habit, is looking “cool” worth risking your life? I cant imagine being the person who makes all my friends and family, especially my mother, cry because of a stupid decision I made while driving. If I can also prevent others from that feeling too, then I feel  I am doing the right thing by being in Team Spirit.”
 
“I feel like its common sense. Why would you text and drive? One simple mistake can ruin or end not only your life but someone else’s. What you do and the decisions you make not only affect your life but also those around you. I think that what Team Spirit is a good move in bettering the community and its driving habits.”

JR/SR High News JR/SR High Events Links
8/29 - Junior College and Career Planning Meeting
Junior College and Career Planning Meeting is Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. The meeting is for juniors and parents/guardians. ...Read More

8/29 - Junior College and Career Planning Meeting

Junior College and Career Planning Meeting is Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. The meeting is for juniors and parents/guardians. 
SVHS Volleyball Fundraiser
The St. Vincent High School Volleyball Team is hosting Ford Drive 4UR School Event on Saturday, August 24th. If you or anyone you know would be willin...Read More

SVHS Volleyball Fundraiser

The St. Vincent High School Volleyball Team is hosting Ford Drive 4UR School Event on Saturday, August 24th. If you or anyone you know would be willing to test drive an awesome new FORD vehicle the team will receive $20 from FORD. There is no cost to participants but their time. You can go anytime between 8AM and 3PM on August 24th at the DePaul Parking lot. There will be a full variety of vehicles to try out that day. If you would like to participate, please follow this link to pre-register. It takes less then a minute and will save you time the day of the event.

Thank you for supporting the SV High School Volleyball Team!!! Please feel free to pass this on to anyone that would be willing to take a spin in a new car to help our team!

LINK TO PRE-REGISTER FOR FORD DRIVE 4UR SCHOOL
d4ur.com/7Q4RY

For questions, please contact Bening Ford at 573-547-8377 or email cbohnert@live.com
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