|Schools mark Red Ribbon Week|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:47|
Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States. This annual, national celebration encourages students to make healthy choices.
Districts across Wood County are celebrating Red Ribbon Week this week and the week of Oct. 28.
The Bowling Green Elementary Schools (Crim, Conneaut and Kenwood) will show support by having the children wear Red Ribbons that say, "I Believe in Me, to BEE Drug Free!" All of the students will be given Red Ribbon Fun Activity books, and inspirational quotes will be read on the daily announcements. Decorations will be placed outdoors at all of the schools.
Bowling Green Middle School will participate in its own Spirit Week, with inspirational quotes read on the daily announcements.
The Junior Teen Institute leadership group will decorate the outside of the school by hanging red ribbons and decorating the sidewalks with chalk. There will also be Red Ribbon giveaways during lunch.
At the middle school Monday was Hat Day, wear a hat to guard your mind from drugs; Tuesday was Cartoon Day, who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Bobcats that are drug free; Wednesday was Crazy Sock Day, wear crazy socks to kick-out drugs; today is Super Hero Day, to infinity and beyond, be drug free; and Friday is Bobcat Colors Day, when students are encouraged to wear school gear.
At Bowling Green High School, the Teen Institute group will decorate the outside of the school, and have inspirational quotes read on the daily announcements.
This year to celebrate Red Ribbon, the Otsego Elementary, Middle, and High Schools are participating in spirit week.
The middle school is having a door decorating competition, and the winning class will be given a pizza¬† party. Fourth- and fifth-graders are participating in a Red Ribbon Week poster contest and those will decorate the hallways.
In the elementary, poster winners in the fourth grade were Josh Timko, Moira Yaney, Ellie Feehan and Madissen Boyer. In fifth grade the winners were Katie Becker and Ella Peters. Winners received a T-shirt and drawstring book bag.
Each morning elementary teachers are leading their class in one "brain gym" exercise and one physical exercise to get us fit and ready to begin our day. The goal is to remind students daily to think about what is good for their mind and body.
The elementary also is offering daily mini-themes to dress for: Monday students pledged to be drug free and will wear red; Tuesday's was "I'm too BRIGHT for drugs!" and students wore neon colors; Wednesday's was "Be all you can BE..Drug free!" and students dressed in camouflage or as any of our service men and women; today's mini theme is "My FUTURE is bright, drug free!" and students will wear the logos of their favorite university or dress as the professional they would like to be one day; on Friday students will "Black out Drugs" and wear black Otsego logo shirts.
The occupational therapist and phys ed teacher are going to give students brain gym and physical exercises to do each morning of Red Ribbon Week to go along with the theme of "Be Kind to Your Mind and Body. Be Drug Free." That theme goes along with our anti-bullying theme for the year which is "It's Cool to be Kind. Kindness Starts With Me."
The Teen Institute leadership group will be decorating outside of the schools with red ribbons and chalk. At the middle school and high school there will be Red Ribbon giveaways during lunch and will have inspirational quotes read during announcements at each school.
At the high school, students will compete in a tweeting competition. Otsego High School's principal, guidance counselor and prevention specialist will take turns posting a trivia question and the first student to tweet back with the correct response will win a gift card.
Elmwood Elementary will celebrate Red Ribbon week with themed dress up days and a classroom door decorating contest. Elmwood Middle and High School will celebrate with daily announcements about the benefits of remaining drug free and a drug free door decorating contest.
The North Baltimore community will celebrate Red Ribbon Week by:
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Educating all students about the history of Red Ribbon Week
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Providing students with red ribbons, pencils and stickers
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Having a door decorating contest at Powell Elementary based on the theme "A Healthy Me is Drug-Free!"
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Having dress-up days based on drug-free themes
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Holding the annual Red Ribbon Dodge Ball Tournament at the high school
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Having the Teen Institute group walk in the Halloween parade with an anti-drug message
This year the Northwood Schools will work with two different themes.
In the elementary school (grades 3-6), the focus will be on being drug-free by building good character. Each child will be given a different character trait to work on, and they will be able to connect how it will help them stay drug-free.
The high school (grades 7-12) will work towards building a positive campus and will do this through recognizing positive experiences witnessed by others, and by creating positive attitudes which enhances one being drug-free.
Students at all four Perrysburg elementary schools will receive red ribbons and stickers during Red Ribbon Week. Each elementary school has planned its own unique activities and events.
Junior high school students will sign banners promoting drug-free choices. Additionally, they will receive "The New Cool" pencils, which promote drug-free choices.
High school students will have information fact sheets from the most recent alcohol/drug survey on lunch tables to raise awareness during the week.
Eastwood will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 28-31.
Elementary and middle school students will participate in a door decorating contest based on the theme, "A healthy me is drug-free." These students will also have dress-up days at school based on a different drug-free theme for every day of the week. Fifth- and sixth-graders will have a Red Ribbon dance at the junior high school.
Ninth-grade students will create red ribbons that promote a healthy lifestyle, and display them throughout the high school. All students in the district will learn the story of Red Ribbon Week, and the value of a drug-free lifestyle.
At the middle school, Monday students are asked to wear their Eastwood red to kick off the week; Tuesday is Team Up Against Drugs, wear favorite sport team jersey; Wednesday is Put a Lid on Drugs, wear a hat; Thursday is Scare Away Drugs, wear a Halloween costume.
Thursday will end with a Halloween Dance for the fifth-grade and sixth-grade students.
The elementary student councils have chosen to do their own dress up days.
At Pemberville, Monday will be Sports Day, team up to defeat drugs; Tuesday will be Fake Injury Day, don't get injured by drugs; Wednesday will be Golden Ager Day, for a long life, don't use drugs; and Thursday will be Red Out Day - Put a Stop to Drugs. Students bring costumes for the parade and parties. ¬†
At Luckey, Monday is Pajama Day, and bring your favorite stuffed animal; Tuesday is Use Your Gourd, Don't Do Drugs, crazy hair day and students will also go outside and do a hunt for gourds; Wednesday is Flame Away Bad Choices, wear red and crazy socks and students will also go outside and write examples of bad choices on scraps of paper and burn them; and Thursday is Halloween colors and costumes in the afternoon.
There is no school on Friday.
Also at Luckey, student council will provide students will good choice tickets and they can earn entrances into a daily prize raffle for making good choices
All elementary teachers will be given instructions for a Door Decorating Contest. Classes can decorate their doors any time that week and on Oct. 31 the principals will choose which door is best decorated to meet the theme. Kipplen is providing the prize, 30 T-shirts for the winning classroom for each building.
Rossford School District also will celebrate Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 27 through Nov. 1.
The district will kick off its celebration at the annual Rossford Halloween Parade. The theme for this year's parade is "We are Wild About Being Drug-Free." Members of Teen Institute, Junior Teen Institute and Just Say NO clubs plan to participate in the parade.
Teen Institute and Junior Teen Institute will be involved in many activities to get the message of living a drug-free lifestyle out to the community.
On Monday, students across the district will mark Drugs Turn You Inside-Out, and wear clothes inside-out; Tuesday is Wild About Being Drug Free, wear animal print or camouflage; Wednesday is Team Up Against Drugs, wear your favorite team jersey; Thursday is Say Boo to Drugs, wear black and orange; and Friday is Bulldogs are Drug-Free, wear Bulldog shirt or all red
The National Family Partnership has announced the national contest for its 28th annual Red Ribbon Week.
Steps to enter to win $1,000 for your K-12 school and an iPad for the home:
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox or fence with a red ribbon and this year's theme "A Healthy Me Is Drug Free."
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Take a photo with the family and your Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to redribbon.org/contest by Nov. 4.
Ask family and friends to vote for your entry at redribbon.org/vote Nov. 5-19.
Ten winners from regions across the U.S. will win.
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