Students in Davidson, NC Accept Mariah's ChallengeDavidson Day School Roundabout 1/16/2012
For the second year in a row, Davidson Day upper school students are participating in and accepting Mariah’s Challenge, an organization dedicated to combating underage drinking and drunk driving. This week, students listened to Leo McCarthy, uncle of Maria Woodrow ‘13, via a recorded Skype call as he talked about his daughter Mariah, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2007. Mariah’s Challenge was created in her memory. Students also heard from Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller, who spoke about moral courage and how students will need the strength to make the right decisions when faced by peer pressure to drink and drive. At the close of the assembly, students showed their commitment to the Mariah’s Challenge initiative by signing a special banner that will be on display throughout the school year. Many thanks to Parent Liaisons, Susan Woodrow, Heather Roberts, Mr. McCarthy and Chief Miller for their support.
DDS currently has a Student Mariah’s Challenge Club to provide peer support to avoid drugs and alcohol and to plan safe alternatives for students to enjoy. For example, they are organizing a Mariah’s Challenge overnight lock-in for grades 9-12 starting Friday, Jan. 13.
Parent Liaisons are in the process of forming a Parent Mariah’s Challenge Club dedicated to keeping their homes a healthy and safe environment for their children and their friends. Another goal will be raising money to provide scholarships to students who remain drug- and alcohol-free through graduation.