Harding University High School – 2014-2015

harding-webTeen safe driving and school safety activities being planned at Harding University High School for the 2014-15 school year include:

Back to School Activities

  • Hand painting project where students place handprint in orange and purple paint on a banner signifying “No Violence during the Upcoming School Year.” Banner will be displayed in the cafeteria.
  • Release purple and orange balloons during Homecoming in memory of Travis Davis, a Harding Football player who was shot to death. This is an annual event.
  • Conduct a “Mix It Up” activity in the cafeteria allowing students to eat with and get to know others they normally would not socialize with.

America’s Safe School Week (October 20-24, 2014)Screenshot_2014-12-09-19-29-18

  • “Reach out to the Un-Reached.” Challenge students to get to know at least one student they currently do not know well during National Safe Schools Week.
  • Invite School Resource Officers, local law enforcers, and lawyers to make a presentation in the auditorium to students on child safety, drug abuse prevention, and juvenile justice practices and policies.
  • Prepare a school safety public information brochure and distribute to students and teacher faculty.
  • Have student body and faculty sign pledges promising to never commit acts of violence and to always report any possible violent incidents within their community and school.
  • Decorate a banner at the school, library or local business to spread the violence prevention message. Include various facts about violence prevention. Student hand-prints will be displayed to symbolize violence prevention

National Youth Violence Prevention Week (March 23-27, 2015)Screenshot_2014-12-09-19-28-34-1

  • Hold a cultural day where dress, activities and decorations reflect different cultures from around the world to allow the student body to learn, respect, and tolerate the cultures of others within their school and community.
  • Sponsor a decorate-a-door contest on ways to handle stress or manage anger for homeroom classes, allowing the message of ‘Managing Your Anger’ to be spread around the school.
  • Create a public service announcement on the importance of managing conflicts peacefully, allowing various students from the school to participate, and then airing on the morning news school TV.
  • Sponsor a SPEAK UP themed poster contest in which students design a poster promoting the anonymous and free 1-866-SPEAK-UP hotline for students to report weapon threats at school. Display the best of contest entries throughout the school.
  • Coordinate a fingerprinting afternoon at the local elementary school. Work with local law enforcement and parents to fingerprint young children, and teach them the message of Violence Prevention.

National Youth Traffic Safety Month (May)Screenshot_2014-12-09-19-29-39

  • Hold a ‘Heart Carnation’ event reminding students to drive safely by placing a carnation on every windshield. Attach a note such as “Have a heart. Drive smart. We’re looking Out for you.”
  • Team up with the AT&T “It Can Wait” campaign and have students sign pledges. Place stickers on all cars in the student/teachers parking lot in an effort to remind to students to stay safe while on the road.
  • Conduct awareness activities prior to prom and advocate for a safe after prom alternative.
  • Conduct a safety belt check handing out Smarties to those wearing them and Dum-Dums to those that aren’t, during drop-off and pick-up of students from school.
  • Coordinate with Resource Officers to have a wrecked car parked under the SAVE/Allstate banner beginning in May until after prom. A picture of the wrecked car will be placed on the school website.
  • Team up with AT&T to spread the message about texting and driving. Posters will be placed on staff/students cars.
  • Participate in an event where students paint their faces white, wear statistics of motor vehicle/violent crime around their necks, and are silent in their classes for half a day.
  • Work with local Allstate agents to help create a safe prom PSA.

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  • Held an X-The Text campaign during the school’s Halloween Bash, in which SAVE members passed out informational brochures and stickers and students signed the X-The Text banner.
  • Worked in collaboration with Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement in a school wide campaign for Mexico 43, focused around ideology on preventing violent incidents from occurring, why one should value education and how one can make an impact on their community.
  • Participate in various local parades, create a float that represents violence prevention and pass out flyers and symbols of violence prevention
  • Participate in various activities and campaigns involving Drinking and Driving, Teen Dating Violence, and School Weapon Safety. Work with local resource officer, law enforcement, and community businesses.
  • Coordinate with other school clubs and organizations to plan events that can take places during or after school, inviting local media and community members to help spread the messages of SAVE.
  • Attend the annual SAVE Summit and host a break out session.
  • On March 27th- Alcohol Cart Safety-in the parking lot.
  • On April 27th- Street Safe Presentation in the auditorium.Savepic3
  • Sticker Shock-Waiting approval from two grocery stores to allow students to come in and place stickers on alcohol encouraging adults not to purchase alcohol for minors.
  • Neon Day-Students wore their brightest colors-Wearing neon colors is a metaphorical representation of being brigth and remembering to buckle up and drive safely on the streets.
  • School Spirit-Students wear Harding colors and spread the message of not being reckless and to make a positive impact on the community.
  • SAVE members gave out candy to students and parents who wore their seat belts leaving school.

 

The SAVE Advisor at Harding University High School is Marcia Jeter

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