Students sign Prom Promise

Photo by jb

Photo by jb

LOGANVILLE -- Students at Grayson High School signed pledges Friday to stay safe during tonight's prom in Atlanta.

John Carson Burgstiner, a senior, said the pledge was "to not drink -- and to especially not drink and drive."

The annual Prom Promise campaign is sponsored by the school's Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter.

"We want to remind (students) how fast they can lose everything they've worked for," senior Jake Hannon said. "You don't want to see a dear friend that you love have their life cut short because of a stupid decision they make."

Senior Bianca Millien, co-president of the SADD chapter, said the promise is about more than reminding students that drunken driving can be deadly.

"This is the last time we're all going to have a major dance together," she said. "You want to wake up and remember it the next morning."

The pledge reads as follows: "I want to live. I want to laugh. Listen to great music, and dance. I want to have an absolutely, unimaginably, great life. I want to remember it. All of it. I pledge not to use alcohol until age 21. I pledge never to drink and drive."

Carol Call, a co-sponsor of the SADD chapter, said the Prom Promise campaign reinforces safe decision making.

"That all we can do is keep reinforcing it," she said.

Students who signed the pledge received a T-shirt on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event was funded by a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.