Sticker Shock Campaign
Chatham High School’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) teamed up with the Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties’ Prevention Program to sponsor the Sticker Shock Campaign in the Village of Chatham. This initiative is designed to prevent underage drinking by reminding adults that it is illegal to purchase alcohol for minors.
On Tuesday, May 22nd, CHS SADD members, along with their advisors, went into three local convenience stores and put stickers carrying the message, “It is illegal to purchase alcohol for people under 21,” on cases of alcohol. The students placed the stickers there to remind adults of their responsibility to prevent the tragedies that too often occur when young people drink, and that adults who provide alcohol to minors face up to a $1000 fine and a year in jail if they are caught.
SADD members put stickers on cases of beer at the Getty station, Charron’s Market and Stewart’s Shops, all located on Rt. 203. The students were very grateful to these stores for their cooperation with the SADD initiative, because driving under the influence continues to be the number one cause of teen death, and underage drinking also causes serious harm to many teens each year in the form of violence, sexual assault and early addiction. Chatham’s SADD chapter felt it especially important that parents and young adults understand how dangerous underage drinking is to teens, and avoid giving them alcohol.