Red Ribbon Week Underway at Local Schools
A full week of activities and observances are currently underway as both Rector and Piggott schools mark Red Ribbon Week. This year Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 27 to 31, as the message of living drug-free is shared with another generation of students.
Monday afternoon PES held its annual Red Ribbon Rally, with special speakers and the traditional balloon launch. During the rally this year's coloring contest, and essay contest, winners were introduced and the top essays were read aloud by their writers. Keynote speaker for the afternoon was Chris Brantley, pastor of the First General Baptist Church of Piggott.
One of the highlights of the week at Rector Elementary School 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.
On Friday, RES 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."
Meanwhile, at PES 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.