To the Editor:
On Tuesday March 26th the SADD chapter of Algonquin Regional High School hosted the “Drive to Save Lives Tour,” featuring Mrs. Kathi Meyer Sullivan and Mr. Chris Sullivan. The daytime presentation included juniors and seniors, with an evening component for parents and all other students.
The evening program began with an update from Detective Sergeant Brian Griffin, who spoke about what the police department has been seeing locally in the community in regards to drugs and alcohol. The speakers followed up telling their own stories. Mr. Sullivan, an ex-NFL player, spoke about his struggle with anxiety, which manifested into an addiction to drugs and alcohol.? ????Mrs. Meyer-Sullivan followed up outlining the story of her daughter, Taylor, and the tragic end to her life at a home-coming party where students, including Taylor, were drinking.
SADD is pleased to present these types of programs, and received an overwhelming positive response to the event from students and parents, who walked away feeling that the presentation was a jumping off point for future conversations with peers and family.
Detective Sergeant Brian Griffin summed up the night perfectly, “It was nice to address students and parents at the same time to discuss issues surrounding drugs and alcohol within our communities. Hopefully the information that was discussed at the presentation will generate some discussion between parents and their children.”
SADD Advisors, Algonquin Regional High School