E. A. Laney High School, Wilmington, NC

The goal of the SAVE Chapter at Laney High School is to spread the word about SAVE and increase membership, to get involved at school in creating a safer environment, and to spread the word about SAVE by working with other schools and organizations in the community.  The Chapter made public service announcements every day during America’s Safe Schools Week about what students, parents, and teachers/staff can do to help make their school a safe place to learn.  They partnered with Murrayville Elementary School for their anti-bullying week, making a presentation for all 5th grade students about the importance of being tolerant and respectful and promoted school spirit by leading the S-A-V-E cheer!  The chapter participated in service by collecting food and money for five families in need during Thanksgiving.  SAVE members delivered meals with all the fixings and were happy to share the message of SAVE with these families.

In the Spring, SAVE member Nyisha Meyer wrote and directed a play titled “Kacce,” which documents a girl struggling with being bullied.  The play was performed at Holly Shelter Middle School for the entire 7th grade class on May 1.  It was also performed on the Laney High School campus as a part of the North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition’s Southeastern Regional Training on May 7.  Students also held the talent show with the Unified Buddy Club on April 19 which highlighted the necessity of accepting differences.  SAVE members recited poetry and did dance routines with Exceptional Children’s students.  It was awesome!

SAVE students partnered with Marketing students to design the Let’s Take Action, Down with Distractions Expo focused on Teen Driver Safety and held on April 18.  SAVE members guided students and community members through a number of stops.  At each stop, participants were challenged to make decisions related to potential driving distractions.  The students in the Marketing courses helped to advertise this event and will brought awareness to the issue of Teen Driver Safety by organizing a student vs. faculty basketball game.

The chapter helped the new SAVE Chapter at Holly Shelter Middle School get started and facilitated a lesson on Weapon Safety,  discussing issues related to weapon safety at middle and high schools.   They also participated in service by collecting food and money for five families in need during Thanksgiving.  SAVE members delivered meals with all the fixings and were happy to share the message of SAVE with these families.

Plans for the rest of the school year include supporting SAVE member Nyisha Meyer, who wrote and directed a play titled “Kacce,” which documents a girl struggling with being bullied.  The play will be performed on December 17 and will be videotaped.  SAVE will be at the performance and will have an information booth in front of the theater.   The chapter will also be partnering with the new Unified Buddy Club on campus and is planning a talent show in the spring to highlight the necessity of accepting differences.

A Down with Distractions, Up with Life event focused on Teen Driver Safety will take place in the Spring.  SAVE members will guide students using a road map to maneuver through a number of stops, where they will be challenged to make decisions related to potential driving distractions.  Marketing students will be assisting with this project and will promote it and the issue of Teen Driver Safety by organizing a student vs. faculty basketball game.  Ms. Beth Scheirer advises the Chapter.