Dothan High SADD Convention in Dothan

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

More than 300 Dothan High students accept a community service challenge by District Attorney Doug Valeska.

Students Against Destructive Decisions, also known as SADD, are on a quest to get 7,500 volunteer hours by the end of the school year.

News 4's Demetria McClenton reports on their progress.

The average high school club has 20 members, yet the Dothan SADD group has 15 times that number.

"We've gotten sponsors from businesses, sponsors from politicians in Dothan and a challenge by the District Attorney," said
Matt Vance, SADD Member.

District Attorney Doug Valeska challenged the group to get 7,500 hundred hours by the end of the school year.

Currently, they're at 6,000 and with future events scheduled they're on pace to hit 9,000 hours by May.

"We're trying to train these kids to be leaders that can not only teach kids to stay away from substance abuse, but be leaders amongst their peers," said Christopher Payne, SADD Advisor.

Dothan High's student participation hasn't gone unnoticed the group has received state and national recognition.

After receiving certification from the White House the group will host the state SADD convention.

"They saw that our progress with it being such a small club 3 years ago with it being 300 members this year. They said, with this much effort we're sending it to Dothan," said Vance.

“It's for all the surrounding schools to come here to the Dothan Civic Center," said Hannah Goolsby, SADD President.

The convention is February 12th and this year’s theme is about being the best you.

"Be the change you want to see in other people. Whatever you want your friends to achieve or your parents to achieve, live that life. Be that role model," said Payne.

Hannah Goolsby and Matt Vance are part of the Alabama State Ambassadors for Students against Tobacco.

They're currently collecting signatures to support a Tobacco Free Alabama.


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  • by Teresa Location: Dothan on Jan 27, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    I am so proud of the students in this organization. What an honorable mission they have undertaken. Thank you WTVY for bringing their efforts to the public's attention.
  • by So blessed 2 know Jesus Location: Dothan on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    As an alumnus of DHS (Class of 78) and as a member of a family that signed the incorporation papers for the city of Dothan to be formed in 1881, I could not be more proud of these kids, to whom too many in this town think that they are nothing "white and black trash". I challenge all those who complain about our city's young people to examine their own lives as see how much they are doing to make the world a better place?
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