SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - At the Board of Education Agenda Meeting on Oct. 10, students from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High school presented their production of the National Road Safety Foundation winning SADD Public Service Announcement. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) was established in 1981 and was founded as Students Against Driving Drunk. It is the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth education and prevention organization with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges.
Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Principal Dr. David Heisey introduced the student advisor, Marjorie Fitzgibbon. A marketing teacher, Fitzgibbon mentioned that the Public Service Announcement had been aired on television, and the students involved in the PSA had been interviewed on Classic Kids News, a national Saturday morning news program. “This shows that the students are taking what they are learning and really expanding upon it,” Fitzgibbon said.
Students Rachel Schack, Amanda Marcus, Lucy Hollander, Nick Patel, Caitlin Flood and Mia Rossi created a storyboard about a safe-driving commercial. Nick Patel addressed the Board of Education and the audience and explained that the commercial was about “merging, blind spots, changing lanes and tailgating. We got to work with Emmy winning TV producer Alan Weiss. It was a lot of fun, we learned a lot about the production process.” The students got to go to the SADD National Conference in Orlando, Florida, where the PSA was shown to people from all over the nation.
The Fanwood roads were used for the commercial, and the students worked with the police department to close roads while filming. Dozens of high school students were involved in the filming, including the football and basketball teams. SADD has presented the high school with a driving simulator.