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.
Ms. Catheryn Hoppe
President: Alayna Layton
Vice-President: Darren Ernst
Secretary: Jamie Best
Treasurer: Jackie Verseman
Set at the First Meeting. Fundraising efforts include participation in Jr./Sr. Conference PSA competition.
Noted in the Student Planner
18 Seconds To Save A Life: October 1-18, 2016
Two years ago, when I was in the depth of depression, I couldn't imagine surviving until I was 18. That seemed impossible. Yet here I am today, 18 years old and glad to be alive. Impossible, yes, but true.
I want to ask you to help me celebrate my birthday in a very special way. Will you join my "18 Seconds to Save a Life" campaign?
If you have 18 seconds a day to spare for 18 days, then this is for you. All I ask is that you take 18 seconds each day from October 1st (my birthday) to October 18th (the feast of St. Luke, my namesake) and do one--just one each day--of the following:
1. Pray for someone—by name, if you can—who is depressed or suicidal, even if it's
2. Greet someone who seems lonely or out of place around others.
3. Share my campaign through social media, email, or in person. You can use the
image above to link to this post.
A life is definitely worth 18 seconds of your life!
Red Ribbon Week: October 26-30, 2016 - YOLO--Make It Count!
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.
Team Spirit planned numerous events during Red Ribbon Week. Each student received a red bookmark from Team Spirit with a number on it. Throughout the week Team Spirit members gave away a gift card each day and a surprise on Friday! Team Spirit also conducted safety surveys. The second driving safety survey, conducted at the end of school, was much better! 80% of people in moving vehicles on campus were buckled up!!!!
Many thanks to the art students and Mrs. Mueller for the Red Ribbon Week window paintings at the gym entrance and to all of the students for participating in Red Ribbon Week!
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.
- 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.
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.”