Red Ribbon Week Set at Local Schools

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Red Ribbon Week, and its important message, will be observed Oct. 27 to 31 at both the Piggott and Rector elementary schools.

Rector Schools

The Rector School District will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 27 -- Oct. 31. A number of fun events and contests will be held in conjunction with the annual drug awareness program and this year's theme is Love Yourself; be Drug Free.

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 "Keep Drugs Out of Sight Day," with students encouraged to wear camouflage clothing. Tuesday's theme is "Put Drug Use to Sleep," with students wearing their pajamas. "Be Smart and Don't Start" is Wednesday's theme, with students encouraged to dress like nerds to show their support. Thursday is "Represent a Drug Free Life Day" where students are asked to wear red. On Friday, students may dress as their favorite hero or for a career they want to pursue in the future as part of "Be a Drug Free Model."

The RES Gifted and Talented program and director Lance Mabrey sponsors Red Ribbon Week annually and offers 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.

Piggott Schools

A full week of activities and observances are slated in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week, being held Oct. 27 to 31, at Piggott Elementary School. This year's theme for the popular annual observance is, United We Stand Against Bullying and Drugs.

In keeping with tradition, the message of living substance-free will be shared with students each day of the week through special observances. The week will also include the annual rally and balloon launch, set for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. This year's featured speaker will be Bro. Chris Brantley, pastor of the First General Baptist Church of Piggott.

Monday is also "Put A Cap on Drugs" day and students are encouraged to wear caps and hats along with their drug free shirt. Those who do not have a drug free shirt are asked to wear red, in keeping with the theme of the week and the annual rally.

Tuesday is "High Water Pants, Don't Take a Chance" day at PES, as students and faculty are encouraged to roll up their pants and wear their craziest socks.

Wednesday is "I'm Too Bright For Drugs" day, and everyone is encouraged to wear bright colors, or pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

On Thursday students and staff are invited to wear their pajamas to school, as the campus will be marking "Follow Your Dreams, Not Drugs" day.

And finally, on Friday, Oct. 31, the school will be observing "Spook Out Drugs" in conjunction with Halloween. Students and staff and invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school that day, but are reminded no masks will be allowed.

Throughout this year's Red Ribbon Week the students and staff of Piggott Elementary School are also conducting a hygiene drive. During the observance students will be bringing-in donations of soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and other such items. Organizers note the grade level which brings in the most items will earn either an extra recess, or a popcorn party, for their contribution to the effort.

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