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Spring break is right around the corner! Whether you are travelling to far-off places or staying in familiar locales, spring break offers needed downtime with your friends and family. Encourage students to be active, supportive friends by looking out for each other, using the buddy system and not hesitating to call for help if a friend is in trouble. Check out these spring break health and safety tips for great ideas to make your spring break fun and full of happy memories.

What are you doing to promote spring break safety for your school, community, friends, or family? Let us know, and your efforts could be featured in our next newsletter!

Gordie Center Ideas and Updates
Safe Spring Break Campaign Ideas
Looking for ways to promote safe behaviors on spring break? Consider hosting a pledge drive (see sample pledge) with a variety of incentives like sunglasses, lip balm, car air freshener (for those long road trips), or laptop stickers. A Safe Spring Break campaign could include flyers, ads, and staffed awareness tables to distribute information and pledge incentives. Artwork by UVa student Margaret Lowe.
Jill Maurer joins Gordie Center Staff
Jill Maurer joined the Gordie Center staff in December as our Gordie's Call Coordinator and marketing specialist. Jill is a 2002 UVa graduate, where she founded and chaired UVa's ADAPT peer education group and was president of the Central Virginia MADD chapter. Her husband is a military lawyer, and they have 3 elementary-aged kids. Welcome to the team, Jill!
Safe Spring Break Campaigns
Infographics are a great tool for presenting Spring Break safety
tips in a fun way
The University of Virginia's ADAPT peer education team created this infographic for their Safe Spring Break campaign. It includes alcohol information specific to spring break travel and being away from your home environment. We would love to learn more about the fun ways you are promoting spring break safety at your school, and encourage you to share and adapt this infographic for your high school or college!

Infographic designed by UVa students Marissa Kuo and Sara Neel.
Gordie Bailey's birthday is February 22nd--he would have turned 30 years old last week, had his life not been cut short due to hazing-related alcohol overdose. The Gordie Center is committed to preventing tragedies like Gordie's, and we appreciate your support.

Have a safe spring break!


Susie Bruce
Director, Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention |

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