Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

SADD but TRU Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is SADD but TRU?
What does SADD but TRU do?
What events does SADD but TRU hold?
Where are SADD but TRU clubs held?
Who's in charge of the SADD but TRU clubs?
Who can be in a SADD but TRU club?
Who can be a SADD but TRU club officer?
How can I/my child join a SADD but TRU club? 
How often do SADD but TRU clubs meet?
Is there any cost associated with being in the SADD but TRU club?
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
 
What is SADD but TRU?
SADD but TRU is a unique collaboration between the national chapter of "Students Against Destructive Decisions" (SADD) and the state "Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered." (TRU) youth-led movements, in which participating teens actively work to promote alcohol, tobacco and drug-free lifestyles among their peers, families and communities.
 
While we are still developing this website, you can learn more about the programs on their respective websites, www.sadd.org and www.realityunfiltered.com. Please check back after September 1 for a more comprehensive website here!
 
 
What does SADD but TRU do?
 
Previously called TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use), the program  used to focus on youth tobacco use prevention. TATU clubs have been offered since 2003. In 2009, a partnership with the Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Cherokee County, the Cherokee County Health Department's HEART A+ Program, and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers after-school enrichment program allowed us to focus on all drugs -- not just tobacco, but also alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription medications, illegal and illicit drugs, substances, as well as destructive practices such as texting while driving and the choking game. Club members are equipped with a variety of tools and up-to-date information to provide peer-to-peer presentations, school and community events, compose media messages, and advocate for local policy change. We have even created a TV commercial that is circulating on YouTube.
 
 
 
What events does SADD but TRU hold?
 
If it has to do with children or teens, or tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, we are probably there. School events include the SADD but TRU Drug-Free Quiz Bowl, Kick
the Habit, TRU Week, World No Tobacco Day, Through With Chew, Great American Smoke-Out/Spit Out, Earth Day, Save-A-Life Tour, Hall of Terrors, various outreaches at football, basketball, volleyball and baseball/softball games, school carnivals, Homecoming parades, campus clean-ups and tobacco use assessments, puppet shows, skits, video and PowerPoint presentations, lunch-n'-learn booths, tobacco trade-in tables, raffles, surveys, petitions, and more.
 
We also host youth trainings or travel to attend multi-county trainings. This year, we sent a team of students and adult leaders to the Western North Carolina Teen Institute leadership camp.
We also host at least one special guest speaker per year. Popular past speakers included Terrie Hall and Sandy League of SAVE, Gruen Von Behrens of NSTEP, Andrew Tipton of Save-A-Life Tour, and more.
 
In the past, we have also participated in the Murphy Spring Festival, the Cherokee County Kids' Fair, the Cherokee and Graham County Relays for Life, and more.
 
Where are SADD but TRU clubs held?

 

SADD but TRU clubs were piloted at Andrews High School and Ranger Elementary/Middle School during the 2009-10 school year. During the 2010-11
school year, SADD but TRU clubs replaced the separate SADD and TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) clubs at every middle and high school in Cherokee and Graham Counties. In September 2010, we also added chapters at all elementary schools in the county, for a total of 17 schools! There are currently more than 350 students who voluntarily participate in the program. Club meetings and events are held in the schools in a variety of classrooms, cafeterias, gymnasiums, etc. Meetings are held before, during and after school.

The SADD but TRU staff office has changed. Effective August 1, we will be located at Murphy High School. Please call (838) 837-2426 for directions.

  

Who's in charge of the SADD but TRU clubs?

In a word, the students! To be precise, middle and high school students voluntarily join this extracurricular group and participate during their free time before,

during and after-school. Since both the SADD and TRU movements are designed to be youth-led, the students plan and implement events, activities and outreaches for their peers, families and the communities under the guidance of trained adult leaders comprised of staff and volunteers. Most clubs elect their own officers each year, who faciltate operations within each club. The adult leaders offer guidance, assistance and direction to the students while allowing them the freedom and creativity to conduct their own clubs as they see fit. 

 

Who can be in a SADD but TRU club?

All students in grades 5-12 are invited to participate in the SADD but TRU clubs. On occasion, we invite 4th graders to assist with events at the end of the year. The clubs serve students from Pre-K through 12, so feasibly every student in every school is touched by some sort of ATOD prevention peer education throughout the school year.

In grades 5-8, no tobacco or substance abuse is tolerated. Members identified as using tobacco products or other means of mind-or body-altering products will be suspended from the club. In grades 9-12, high school members who use tobacco will be permitted to attend meetings provided they are seriously engaged in cessation. If they do not quit within two months, they will be suspended from the club and referred to a voluntary cessation class. No other form of substance abuse will be tolerated, and members indentified as using anything other than tobacco will be suspended from the club. Consequently, students identified as having these substances on a school campus, or as having used these substances, will be referred to school administration or the CARE Team

 

Who can be a SADD but TRU club officer?

At the beginning of the school year, within the first three meetings, each middle and high school club is given an opportunity to nominate students for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and sometimes event coordinator, historian/photographer, and reporter. The club facilitator may have input, but not the final say, as the officers are elected democratically. Some clubs may opt to give their candidates a week to campaign, while others may vote on the spot. These students should display a commitment to the cause, good participation, and a willingness to lead or learn to lead. Leadership and youth advoacy trainings will be held, so sometimes unlikely officers may bloom and learn as they go. The goal is to groom these students into being leaders.

Club officers must be tobacco and substance-free. A club officer in a high school club identified as using tobacco will be asked to step down temporarily until they can successfully quit their habit. Since club officers preside over meetings and assume a leadership role with events, they are only permitted to miss more than three (3) meetings without a reasonable excuse. Officers missing more than three meetings may be excused from their duties and another officer may be elected.

 

How can I/my child join a SADD but TRU club?
 

SADD but TRU members from previous years often assist club facilitators in recruiting new members at the beginning of each school year. Sometimes there

is a sign-up table at lunch, and other times a presenter speaks to a class and invites new members. There is no fee for joining, and most events are sponsored by the program or its partners. Students can also find out more about the club meeting days/times by asking their principal, school secretary, or faculty sponsor. A complete list of the 2010-11 club meetings and sponsors can be found here. These are subject to change for the 2011-12 school year.
 
 
How often do SADD but TRU clubs meet?

 For the 2010-11 school year, the clubs met as follows:

  • Elementary School: Once a month
  • Middle School: Two- to four times a month
  • High School: Once a week

This schedule will most likely remain in effect, but we are also hoping to increase meeting opportunities during the school day -- such as during lunch, health class, club days, and elective periods -- for those students unable to come before or after school.

 
 
Is there any cost associated with being in the SADD but TRU club?
 
In the past, our program has prided itself on offering a variety of incentive items -- from apparel such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps and knit caps to novelty items such as water bottles, stadium cups and carabineers to school supplies such as pens, pencils and portfolio notebooks -- at no cost to the club member. These items are "earned" by attending meetings and events. Due to a change in funding, for the 2011-12 school year, these items will be earned on a more stringent schedule. For some of the larger items, such as apparel, students may opt to pay a matching fee to receive an item more quickly. We will also try our hand at conducting fund-raisers this year to support the program. We may also add a small field trip fee this year for select trips, if applicable.
 
 
 
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
 
The program coordinator is Cindi Herr. She can be reached at cindi.herr@cherokee.k12.nc.us, or by calling Cherokee County Schools' Central Office at (828) 837-2722, who can refer you to the correct office line.