From Feb. 3–24, the Dana Hall community was encouraged to put down their phones while in the car and take part in the JoyRyde competition, sponsored by the Peer Educators.
JoyRyde is an app that tracks the numbers of miles you travel without using your phone. It works for both drivers and passengers, creating a competition in which the whole school could participate. After Peer Ed met the founder, Terry Goguen, the group devised a way to incentivize the community to participate in being more attentive drivers and passengers. They shared their idea at an All-School Meeting, and had 63 students and faculty members participate in the challenge.
“[We hope] that through the use of this app, we can try to prevent accidents caused through distracted driving,” said A. Sax ’18, one of the JoyRyde competition ambassadors and a Peer Educator. “Although this is a high hope, bringing recognition to the topic is a great first step.”
Congratulations to the winners:
Middle School: A. Gardner ’23 (955.4 miles) and M. McLaughlin ’23 (570.5 miles)
"I love playing basketball at Dana. Our team is really like a family, and we’ve grown so much over the three years I’ve been on the team. My freshman year I never would have thought that we would be able to win the EIL league, but this past winter we did! What makes the team so great is how we look out for each other on and off the court. My teammates are my biggest supporters and it’s always great when we get to welcome new members onto the team. I can’t wait to be captain next year."