Rector Schools Mark Red Ribbon Week
Students at Rector Elementary united in support of living their lives free from drug abuse during last week's Red Ribbon Week celebration. The week-long event included a series of fun and educational events, each carrying encouragement to avoid the perils of drug use.
Each day of the week had a theme, allowing students to show their individual support through "dress up days" including "Proud to be a Drug Free American Day," "Be Drug Free and Follow Your Dreams," "Smart Cougars Keep Their Paws Off Drugs" "Red Ribbon Parade Day" and "Don't Let Drugs Turn Your Life Inside Out."
Gifted and Talented coordinator and event sponsor Candy Williams also offered several contests for students to show their support for Red Ribbon Week. Students in kindergarten and first grade took part in a coloring contest, while those in the second through sixth grade wrote essays. Winners in the events were Hannah Householder, Trinity Estes, Jayle Lopez, Breyonnah Jones, Koden Walker, Brittney Shelton, Destiny Akes, Jenna McCluskey, Sophia Hill, Ashton Scott, Gracie Beck, Jacob McMillin, Michaela Rients, Kolton Boyd, Hailey Thompson, Katie Martin, Madison Stokes and Nathan Weatherspoon.
Each class created banners to carry in Thursday's rally and parade. Winning banners are: "We Pledge to be Drug Free" by Lynette Trail's kindergarten class; "Put a Cap on Drugs" by Peggy Slaughter's second grade class and "Our Target is to be Drug Free" by Christin Holmes' sixth grade class.
Thursday's parade and rally was a high mark of the week. All students gathered to take part in a parade around the block, led by Rector Police Department Chief of Police Glen Leach and the RHS Marching Cougars. Even the young preschoolers got in on the fun, enjoying snack time outside while cheering on the older students.
"All of the students did such a wonderful job," Williams said. "We're all so very proud of them."
All of the RES faculty and administration encourage the young students to remember the lessons they've learned and maintain their drug free pledges throughout their lives.