Red Ribbon Week Set at Piggott Schools

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Next week is Red Ribbon Week at Piggott Schools, with activities scheduled each day. Pictured is the 2012 Red Ribbon Week Rally, and the balloon release by students at PES. This year's rally will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

Red Ribbon Week is being observed Monday, Oct. 28, to Friday, Nov. 1, at Piggott Schools, and this year two serious problems are highlighted as the theme is "Friends Don't Let Friends Bully, Or Do Drugs."

"The month of October is "No Bullying" month, so we are combining that observance with Red Ribbon Week," noted PES Counselor Barbara Batey. "We have a full week of activities, along with our usual coloring and essay contests."

Red Ribbon Week at Piggott Schools will officially kick-off Monday, Oct. 28 with the annual rally set for 1:30 p.m. on the PES playground. This year's featured speaker is Bro. Andy Newbill, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Piggott. Students and staff members are also encouraged to wear either red, or drug-free, t-shirts Monday as part of the observance.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 is pajama day and students are being encouraged to donate any type of hygiene article, such as deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap or shampoo. "The grade level which brings the most items will get a popcorn party, or an extra recess," Batey added. "And, the students may bring in the items anytime during the week, as the donations will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 1."

The observance continues Wednesday, Oct. 30 as students and staff members are asked to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. "Or, if the student chooses they can wear any of the colors which support cancer awareness," Batey added.

Thursday, Oct. 31 is Duck Dynasty/costume day and everyone is welcome to wear the costume of their choice--although no masks will be allowed.

The weeklong observance will culminate Friday, Nov. 1 with Mohawk/Favorite Team Day. On Friday students and staff are encouraged to dress in their Mohawk gear, or clothing which shows support of their favorite team.

Members of the third through sixth grades are also taking part in the annual essay contest, with one winner from each grade level invited to read their essay at the rally. Meanwhile, students in the ABC Preschool, first grade and second grade will be taking part in the annual coloring contest. Students from all grades will also be signing posters declaring their support of no bullying and saying no to drugs.

Fourth grade students will also be participating in a poster contest sponsored by Aerial Bouquets, and will be given a guided tour of the local facility.

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