Red Ribbon Week
Batesville Primary School, along with other Batesville schools, celebrates “Red Ribbon Week” each year during October. Red Ribbon Week began years ago following the death of a drug enforcement administration official who was working to decrease the drug traffic flow into our country. It has since become a nationally recognized campaign. Red Ribbon Week is one week out of the year where we can focus on the positive choices a drug free life offers. The potential damage of these substances can be very real in an adult’s personal life, but these substances in the hands of young students only increases the danger involved. For students, we ask them to seriously consider never starting to use these substances. In reality, some of these students will choose to use some of these substances as they grow older. With education and community effort, some might choose to delay experimenting to a later age. Some will choose to not start at all.
During Red Ribbon Week, we take the opportunity to send a clear message to our children about this community’s commitment to raising healthy, knowledgeable, safe, and drug-free children.
Examples of activities include:
- Each student receives a red ribbon to wear all week.
- A drug free pledge is read each morning.
- Teachers encourage students to make drug free posters to be displayed in the hallways.
- The “Drug Free” message is emphasized in classes as well as over school wide announcements.
Our children need to be able to stand up to the increasing pressure to use drugs. They must have inner courage, strength and support around them. They must believe in and think highly of themselves. This week gives us one more chance to talk about this positive message.
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