We envision a website where our research, public service announcements, hopes, and dreams will be published. The work will take many different forms as we enlist as many students as we can in our high school. Some recent suggestions include movies about the physics behind seat belts and/or car crashes, the chemistry of blood alcohol levels, poetry, research on new laws such as graduated licenses, community and school interviews in the form of podcasts and videos, public service announcements, community surveys, press releases, banners, posters, etc. We have enlisted the support of our Asst. Superintendent, principal, department chair people, school webmaster, teachers, club advisors, guidance department and especially the students of Massapequa High School and the world.
We are now at the point of a grassroots campaign to nourish student ideas, create the first projects and the website and begin marketing the campaign. Our initial core group is made up of students who have a variety of friends in different social groups throughout our school. In this way we can enlist a broad base of students. We are considering how we can add a blog or wiki where students can add their own pledge to keep themself and others safe by practicing safe driving. So check back soon for more information to be added to this blog.
The best part of this project is that we have the support of our school community to keep it going from year to year so that we can reach as many of our students as possible and let them add their voice. We are hoping to inspire a tradition in both our main campus (grades 10-12) and our 9th grade campus which total approximately 2600 students. By publishing our work on a website we hope to help teenagers around the world make good life-saving decisions. Our "unveiling" will be in May during National Youth Traffic Safety Month with a but we will begin building the pieces and it will be visible to the world as we build it. The public service announcements will each center on a fact about how to prevent accidents. These will be shown to students during homeroom to stir interest and will end with asking students to participate. We will include the facts in the flyer about car crashes being the number one killer of teens, times of year where they are highest, prom night and how to say no to getting in a car with a drunk driver, etc.
Stay tuned...Next week we begin our campaign with our Awareness Week. Our SADD club has put together a week of assembly programs. Want to get involved? Attend one of the events and report what it was about. Have another idea to spread the word? Contact email@example.com