By John Peters
May 4, 2014
To the Editor,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank several individuals, businesses, and agencies for making the East Surry Prom Promise campaign a success again this year. The campaign involves students signing a pledge stating they will make responsible decisions on prom night and in exchange, area businesses offer them prizes.
I must first begin with the lead organizer, Pam Morgan with Simmons Nationwide Insurance of Pilot Mountain. She did an outstanding job of heading this project with me again this year. She also, as usual, purchased a t-shirt for each student who signed the pledge. I wish to thank Erin Griffith for designing the t-shirt.
Thanks to the NC Highway Patrol, Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad, and Surry County Sheriff’s Department, the students were given opportunities to experience how dangerous it is to drive impaired and distracted. On April 12, 2014, these agencies set up two driving courses and allowed the students to drive golf carts through the course while texting on their phones or while wearing simulation goggles.
I would also like to thank my wonderful husband, Anthony Cook, for speaking to the entire student body about the tragedies he experienced due to a drinking and driving accident, that continue to affect him today.
I must also thank the following businesses who donated prizes totaling well over $3,000: 13 Bones, Cold Stone Creamery, Creative Designs, Paul Bunke with Edward Jones in Dobson, Flip Rees, Food Lion, Hart’s Gymnastics, Erin Griffith, Hayworth Miller, Hutchen’s Cleaners, LA Nails, Lone Star, Mezzy’s Pizzeria, McDonald’s, Mtn Valley Florist, Mount Airy Tractor Co Toyland, Mountain View Restaurant, Pet Stop of the Foothills, Pilot Mountain Flower Shop, Pine State Marketing, Regal Nails, Robby’s, Scenic Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Shell Station - Pilot Mtn 52 bypass, Subway, Tropical Tans, Tweet & Co, and Video Stop. Thank you all for supporting East Surry juniors and seniors who signed the Prom Promise Pledge. I wish to thank some of the members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club who helped in soliciting prizes: Erin Griffith, Gabi Jessup, Jessi Marion, Sadie McGee, Sydney Mosley, Lauren Smith, and Katie Tweet.
Last, but not least, thank you to the 167 students who signed the pledge to make responsible decisions on prom night, May 3, 2014. We are all proud of you! Thanks to you all,