Red Ribbon Week Set at Local Schools

Thursday, October 22, 2015
PES students prepare for the annual balloon launch during the 2014 Red Ribbon Week Rally.(file photo)

Schools across the nation will mark Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26 to 30, as the annual observance is held. Special activities and observances are set at both RES and PES, as students are urged to live a substance-free life.

RES

"Our School Has SWAG; Students Who Achieve Goals" is the theme for Red Ribbon Week at Rector Schools this year. In keeping with tradition, Rector students will be marking the observance with a variety of special activities as Red Ribbon Week is held Monday through Friday, Oct. 26 to 30.

Once again this year the students at RES will be observing dress-up days throughout the week, and will take part in the annual rally and parade beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Monday will kick things off with "Camo Day" as students are encouraged to "keep drugs out of sight" by wearing camouflage to school. On Tuesday, the students will be looking to "put drugs to sleep" as they are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas to school for "Pajama Day."

Wednesday has been designated "Nerd Day" as students are encouraged to dress the part--and, "be smart, don't start" using drugs. On Thursday all students are asked to wear red, as they "represent a drug free life." And, Friday, Oct. 30, all Rector students are encouraged to wear their blue and gray to remind the world, "Cougars don't use drugs."

The assembly/rally will begin at 1:30 Thursday afternoon, and will include all students in kindergarten through the sixth grade. The annual parade will follow.

During the week-long observance the winners of the annual poster contest, coloring contest and essay contests will also be announced and recognized.

PES

A full week of activities and observances are scheduled at Piggott Elementary School as Red Ribbon Week is marked for 2015. This year's observance will be held Monday through Friday, Oct. 26 to 30, and the theme is "Respect Yourself, Be Drug Free."

In keeping with the longstanding tradition at PES, each day is set aside to promote a special message. The week will also include the annual Red Ribbon Week rally and balloon launch, which is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday. This year's special guest speaker is Jeremy Pierce, pastor of the Thornton Street Church of Christ of Piggott.

Throughout the week the students at PES will also be taking part in a hygiene item drive. Each class will be collecting soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and other hygiene supplies through noon on Friday, Oct. 30. Organizers note the class collecting the most items during the week will be treated to a cookie and punch party. Items may also be dropped-off at the PES office or parent center.

Monday is "Proud to be Drug Free" day and all students are encouraged to wear their drug-free shirt. For those who do not have a drug free shirt, they're encouraged to wear red. The rally will be held on the PES playground beginning at 1:30 and will include the special speaker, balloon launch and announcement of the winners of the coloring and essay contests.

Tuesday is "Put Drugs to Sleep" day, and students are invited to wear their favorite pajamas to school for the day. Wednesday is "Drug Free From Head to Toe" day, and the students are encouraged to wear crazy hats and crazy socks. Thursday is "Team Up Against Drugs" day, and students and faculty members are invited to wear either their favorite sport team's attire or dress in camouflage to show their support. And, the week will wrap up on Friday, Oct. 30, with "Say BOO to Drugs" day as students will be encouraged to wear a Halloween costume to school, although masks will not be allowed.

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