SSC Middle School encourages students to be active, avoid alcohol
STANDISH — An assembly to motivate students to get active and oppose underage drinking took place at the Standish-Sterling Middle School April 29.
The assembly, put together by the SSC school district, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint), and the Century Council non-profit group, included an exercise video game where volunteer students ran on a pad and answered questions while getting their avatar to school on time.
“I’ve found out that the choices you make at a young age can change the path your life can take,” Kildee said. “The choice of taking one path or another can have a great impact on your life.”
He said drinking can take a toll on a person’s life and body, as it takes only about 30 seconds to get from the bloodstream to the brain.
Kildee added it is not enough to simply say no to bad choices, but to say yes to positive and healthy ones like getting out and exercising.
The volunteers then came out to run in place on a pad to move a digital student along the path to school, stopping every so often to answer questions about alcohol and exercise. Students in the audience were encouraged to join in to answer the questions, and the volunteers were able to make it to the computerized school with time to spare.
According to Meghann Scherrer with the Century Council, which is dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, the group has been working for 20 years to promote active behaviors and teach kids about the effects of drinking. It has had assemblies in schools across the U.S.