Stop Vandalism!

Be part of the solution, not the problem!

Congratulations SAVE AGAIN!!!

SAVE garnered 2 more national awards at the 2009 Youth Crime Prevention Conference in Orlando, FL. in April.

Miss Emily Shell Gamage won 2009 National Youth of the Year. Emily was president of S.A.V.E. at Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School through 2008 and 2009, did a tremendous job. She was recognized for her passionate dedication to S.A.V.E. and her enthusiastic mentoring of a fledgling YCW chapter at a Florida middle school. Emily created a DVD of our S.A.V.E. meetings, and sent them a starter kit with sample meeting agendas, notes and more on a memory stick.

Coventry Public Schools won the 2009 Educational Institute Award for the district's strong and on-going commitment and support of S.A.VE., Youth Crime Watch and Service Learning. Coventry is the only R.I. school district that has made K-12 Service Learning and professional development a formal part of the district's Strategic Plan submitted to the R.I. Board of Regents.

That makes SIX (6) national awards for S.A.V.E. IN THE LAST 3 YEARS and members and sponsors!!! You have done a great job working to stop vandalism.  We have also recieved these prestigious national awards from Youth Crime Watch of America:

  • 2008 YCWA Website of the Year (Nick Paiva & Joe Roccio - Webmasters)
  • 2008 YCWA Middle School Program of the Year (Alan Shawn Feinstein MS)
  • 2008 YCWA Advisor of the Year (Mr. Blanchette)
  • 2007 YCWA Youth of the Year (Taylor Therrien)
Also, New England has won 2008 and 2009 YCWA Region of the Year!!  What a team! Keep up the good work!!

S.A.V.E.

S.A.V.E. (Students Against Vandalism Everywhere) is part of a larger organization called Youth Crime Watch of America (YCWA).  We are part of Rhode Island-Third Eye, the New England region of YCWA and our group of dedicated students has made a difference in the community of Coventry, Rhode Island.  Started by a 7th grade student in middle school, our group is growing and fighting back against vandalism, bullying, cyber-bullying, drug & alcohol abuse, and more.  We truly are working hard to make our school and community a better place to live in, one student at a time. S.A.V.E. is the fastest-growing YCW program in the USA and the only K-12 program of its kind. S.A.V.E. members from Coventry High School who started in the middle school, mentor 6-8 grade members, who in turn, have created S.A.V.E. liaison groups for each elementary school in the district. S.A.V.E. Advisors from each school meet for professional development and planning. S.A.V.E. meets weekly after school.

S.A.V.E. is focused around four (4) main elements:

  1. Crime Prevention & Reporting

  2. Communications

  3. Action Projects

  4.  Fundrasing

What is Vandalism?
You see it everyday!  You're walking down the road, driving in a car or riding a bike. Then you see it.  Something is on the ground.  It's a smashed mailbox.  A broken window. A knocked-over gravestone at the local historic cemetery.  Graffiti or some wannabe's "gang" tag.  The person who damaged this piece of private or public property just wasted money that could have gone towards a good cause.  Instead it must be used to repair/replace this important piece of property.

Vandalism- action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property. This disrespectful and punishable act continues to affect people everyday.  Examples of vandalism include mailbox smashing, tagging, egging cars or buildings, breaking gravestones, graffiti, A.T.V. trespassing and erosion, breaking windows, signing or scratching notes on bathroom stalls, or pulling a false fire alarm.  Most vandalism occurs at nighttime when no one is around.  This crime makes the community look like a dangerous and scary place to live. 
FACT:
  • Vandalism is usually committed by adolescent boys between the ages of 10 and 19.
  • 42% of all teen arrests are for vandalism
  • School-realted vandalism alone in the USA in 2004 cost over $93 Million!
  • Vandalism costs in America last year exceeded $650 Million!!!
  • In these tough economic times, vandalism costs us thousands of jobs, millions of dollars in local investment, millions in tax dollars better spent on schools, fixing community needs, providing scholarships; it hurts the people and communities that can least afford to repair or replace things that are broken or vandalized.
  • Vandalism hurts people and communities economically, psychologically, culturally, politically...and for no good reason.

3 QUESTIONS:

1. If "tagging" is so cool, why is it that these guys never tag their own car, or house, or their mother's? Huh?

2. If vandalism is so cool, then why do vandals have to do it under cover of darkness or when no one is watching?

3. How big of a loser are you if you vandalize cemeteries? You're bullying DEAD people! You don't even have the guts to bully a living, breathing person!

 

3 ANSWERS:

1. They did it because they are not afraid to have it on thier own property. They THINK "tagging" is so cool because they are just kids who have nothing else to do but make otehr lives worse!

2. THEY DO NOT WANT TO GET CAUGHT! If you DO NOT WANT TO GET CAUGHT, DONT DO IT!

3. A big one. You don't have the guts to do those things to the living. If you are bulling the dead think about this: Do you want that to happen to YOU?

Our Mission

Our mission is to stop vandalism and crime and ultimately make the world a better place. We want to improve the quality of our schools, our community and our nation - one young American at a time.  We've worked hard to spread this message to all people and hope that our actions will be effective. If you know someone that vandalizes please try to guide them towards other sources of entertainment. Try to spread the message and start an anti-vandalism group yourself! Remember, one person can make a huge difference.  Also, in today's tough economic times, vandalism is an unnessecary act that pulls money from everyone's pockets.  It is truly adding to the nation's huge debt.  Our group has also spread out and targeted other areas including bullying, cyber-bullying, traffic safety & more initiating a host of service-learning projects.  We have teamed up with other organizations including Learn and Serve America,  C.A.B.I.N.S. (Citizens Against Bullying In Schools) and the Kids Consortium. We're about taking pride in ourselves, our school, our community, our country and world.

Contact Us
If you are interested in joining our program please contact our advisor Mr. B.  His e-mail address is BlanchetteCharles@coventryschools.net  Simply send him an e-mail telling him who you are, where you live and why you are interested in joining S.A.V.E.  Please check out all of the pages on this website before contacting us. You can also come to one of our meeetings, we always accept new people into the group. This way you will know much more about our program.  If you have any questions, you can write them on the guestbook or e-mail them to Mr. B.  Thank you for your support.

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