Lighting The Tree of Life

By Haley Burton

Lighting The Tree of Life

November 29, 2011 Updated Nov 29, 2011 at 5:58 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a yearly tradition at Binghamton High School as students shed light on the importance of staying safe this holiday season.

The Tree of Life now shines bright in the school's courtyard. The BHS chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions light the tree every year.

It's in honor of Katie Titus, a Binghamton student and SADD member killed in a non-alcohol-related crash in 1996.

White lights fill the tree to serve as a reminder to everyone not to drink and drive this holiday season.

"During this time of year, there is a lot of parties going on for the holidays. This is just a good time to do this students know they need to be extra careful," said Madison Ward, SADD member, "It not only brings awareness but it also shows that we can come together as a school to remember a student and we're a close-knit community."

In the case that someone is killed in a DWI crash in Broome County over the holidays, a red bulb is put on the tree to remind people not to drive under the influence.

But students say not one light has been changed in 20 years.

The tree will stay lit throughout the holiday months.