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C-NS SADD group aims to give students a safe place to go after the ball

Cicero-North Syracuse High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions group is putting on an After the Ball Party after the school's Senior Ball to discourage students from getting into trouble. As an incentive to encourage students to attend, Burdick Toyota has donated a car for one lucky student to win. Pictured with the car are, from left, SADD President Sarah Knickerbocker, club co-advisor Michele Barbagallo, Tori Florczyk, co-advisor Sara Villnave, Anna Doren and Kayla Ventura.

Cicero-North Syracuse High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions group is putting on an After the Ball Party after the school's Senior Ball to discourage students from getting into trouble. As an incentive to encourage students to attend, Burdick Toyota has donated a car for one lucky student to win. Pictured with the car are, from left, SADD President Sarah Knickerbocker, club co-advisor Michele Barbagallo, Tori Florczyk, co-advisor Sara Villnave, Anna Doren and Kayla Ventura. Photo by Sarah Hall.

— So it’s for very personal reasons that SADD puts together this After the Ball Party.

“We want our classmates to have fun,” said club member Anna Doren. “We know what they’re looking for, and we can cater to that.”

And it works.

“I have friends who say, ‘I’ll go to this because there are so many cool things,’ where otherwise they would have gone out partying,” said club member Kayla Ventura. “We know what they want to do, and we have those things available for them to do. And I think that brings them into the ball, too, if there’s this cool after-party.”

In addition to planning the party, the group hopes to set an example to their classmates and let them know that they don’t have to abuse alcohol or drugs to be perceived as “cool.”

“I have a family history of destructive-type decisions, and I see how that’s affected my life,” Knickerbocker said. “I just know that I don’t want that affecting myself or my friends. It’s kind of too late to go back and change that, maybe, but having this club, having that support group around me, I can keep myself from making those decisions and then maybe I can change someone in my class from ruining their life when they have that opportunity.”

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