Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Raises Funds for Children’s Miracle Network

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At South Jefferson High School, the local chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) defined their mission as follows: "We are a student organization that believes in modeling and promoting healthy, positive life choices and values among our peers. In doing so, we hope to perpetuate and a positive culture here at our high school and beyond."

Members of SADD hosted family movie nights at the school to raise money for Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan. The students used movie night to help create a safe, positive family environment and enhance children's creativity. Movie night was open to the public with a basket raffle and concession stand. To promote attendance, the students provided a free donut party to the class with the most attendance.

Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for its 170 member hospitals, including Samaritan Medical Center. All contributions to Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan benefit children in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties by helping to purchase medical equipment for Samaritan and other hospitals located in the tri-county region. In addition, Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan is one of only five hospitals that provides direct assistance to families with children in a medical crisis. For more information, contact the Children's Miracle Network office at 785-4584 or visit


South Jefferson SADD members: Hunter Gillett, Leah Denny, Lara Podvin, Tessa Winkler, Sidney Hall, Lorraine Knipes, Mykaila Mayne, Elisha Bratton, Elizabeth Yeardon, Paige Vaadi (Vice President), Jackie Decker (Treasurer), Maddie Knapp, Hannah Northrop, Dana Cowles, Anna Winkler (President), Molly Denny, Hailey Maguire, Olivia Barker, Morgan Alexander, Quincey Zimmerman, Celsey Snyder (Secretary), Amanda Lloyd, Kylie Snow, Elisabeth Roberts, Lydia Babcock, Nikki Hutchison, Madesyn Alexander, Mikaela Rutter, Katie Elmer, Katie Sitts, Bria Podvin, Mallory Davis, and Tim Rogers.

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