Each spring, high school students across Tippecanoe County participate in prom festivities. Weeks later, many of those students mark the end of their high school careers and the beginning of promising futures by participating in commencement exercises.
While both of these milestones are reason for celebration, many teens choose to mark the occasion by making choices that endanger their own lives and the lives of others. According to the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 500 students die in alcohol-related traffic accidents during prom and graduation season each year. It is with this information in mind that The Drug-Free Coalition conducts its annual Celebrate Safely campaign throughout the months of April and May.
The campaign takes a multifaceted approach to encouraging students and their families in our area to make safe, responsible choices as they celebrate. School and merchant partnerships and public advertising are the most critical aspects of the project. Prom pledge cards are offered to schools who would like to encourage their students to plan ahead to make safe choices on prom night. Senior letters are offered for distribution to graduating Seniors in an effort to congratulate them on their accomplishments and encourage them to make wise, healthy choices in the next chapters of their lives. The annual sticker campaign invites local florists and bakeries to place stickers that provide a Celebrate Safely message on all corsage/boutonniere and graduation cake boxes. In addition, local billboards and mall advertisements deliver the same Celebrate Safely messages.
Visit our website for a complete list of area florists and bakeries who are participating in our Celebrate Safely campaign. If you are a local school representative or retailer who would like to help the Coalition spread a Celebrate Safely message for students and families in our area, please contact Kate Kerrigan, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.