Red Ribbon Week at Rector Schools

Thursday, October 17, 2013
RES sixth grade GT students who are helping plan, and run, Red Ribbon Week activities for this year include, from left: Front-Michaela Rients, Kaylee Pence and Jaydin Bullinger. Back-Jacob McMillin, Camden Mount, Trace Sanders, Zane Wright, Max Ford and Adam Romine. Not pictured is Parker Bucy. (courtesy photo)

The Rector School District will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 21 -- Oct. 25. A number of fun events and contests will be held in conjunction with the annual drug awareness program.

Elementary students will receive free Red Ribbon Week wristbands to show their commitment to choosing a life free from drug abuse.

The week-long program will also include popular dress-up days. Monday is "Proud to be a Drug Free American Day," with students encouraged to wear red, white and blue clothing. Tuesday's theme is "Be Drug Free and Follow Your Dreams," with students wearing clothes to reflect future goals and career choices. "Smart Cougars Keep Their Paws Off Drugs" is Wednesday's theme. Students can wear school colors (blue, gray, black and white) to show their Cougar pride. Thursday is "Red Ribbon Parade Day" where students are asked to wear red and join in a parade around both campuses with the Marching Cougars. On Friday, students may wear their clothing inside out as part of "Don't Let Drugs Turn Your Life Inside Out."

The RES Gifted and Talented program and director Candy Williams sponsor Red Ribbon Week annually and offer additional events and prizes throughout the week. Kindergarten and first grade students will take part in a coloring contest, with winners being selected from each class. Students in the second, third and fourth grades will take part in a poster contest, utilizing decorations to support a drug free message. Fifth and sixth grade students may take part in an essay contest. In addition, each class will create classroom banners to be judged, as well as featured in Thursday's parade.

One of the highlights of the week will be the Red Ribbon Week Rally and Parade beginning at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Students will gather on the playground near the sixth grade doors. The RHS band will play as winners of individual and classroom awards are announced. Each grade level will perform a drug free chant prior to the start of the parade around the block. High school GT students will also march. Parents are welcome to attend.

"Reinforcing a drug free life is so important," Williams said. "I think it is crucial to teach young students about the dangers of using drugs in hopes that the message will stay with them as they get older."

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