Harding University High School 2015-2016
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Harding University High School had an action packed October full of events for America’s Safe School Week. The Harding University High School SAVE chapter participated in the Purple Ribbon volleyball game at Johnson C. Smith University in memory of the Charleston Church shooting. SAVE members also signed a card that was mailed to a college in Oregon that fell victim to a shooting. On homecoming day the school released balloons in memory of Travis Davis, a football player at Harding University High School who was killed. Purple ribbons were placed on students lockers throughout the school in accordance with gun violence statistics presented during the morning announcements. For National SAVE Day, students and staff and Harding University High School wore SAVE colors. Teachers also had students write a non-violent note which was then posted on the wall in the cafeteria.
The SAVE members provided breakfast on December 19th at the Relatives, which is an emergency shelter for students.
A tree will be planted in memory of Keundra Smith a classmate who had lost her life in a motor vehicle accident right before the holiday. SAVE members also painted a rock in front of the school in her honor. Keundra was not wearing her seatbelt. This tragedy has been weighing hard on the school and community and students are going to start a campaign using hashtags such as #wearseatbelt, #keke #HardingUniversityHighSchool.
For National Youth Violence Prevention Week in April, the high school’s SAVE chapter plans to visit a local middle school and place ribbons on lockers that represent various violence statistics. The chapter also hopes to present an assembly to the middle schoolers where SAVE members would give a history of the SAVE organization and what it means to be non-violent and promote safety.
On April 26th Carolina Medical will sponsor Street Safe, “I Ride Safe Harding.” Guest speakers will be present and the goal is to reach as many students as possible, especially new drivers. They will discussing the consequences of drinking and driving, texting and wearing your seat belt. The SAVE chapter also teamed up with Carolina’s Medical Center to host an X the Text campaign in the school parking lot and also administer a seat belt check. The Carolina Medical Center provided golf carts for students to drive around while wearing drunk simulator goggles to reinforce the dangers of impaired driving.The SAVE Advisor for 2015-2016 school year is Marcia Jeter.