Red Ribbon Week Set at Local Schools

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Red Ribbon Week activities will be held beginning Monday across the United States, and both the local school districts are taking part in the observance.

Piggott

Students across the nation will mark Red Ribbon Week for 2016 next week, with the local observance at Piggott Elementary School set for Monday through Friday, Oct. 24 through 28. The theme for this year's observance is "YOLO, You Only Live Once, Be Drug and Bully Free."

In keeping with the tradition at PES, each day will be set aside to promote a special message related to the observance. The week also includes the annual Red Ribbon Week Rally, set for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, on the playground behind the elementary school. This year the special guest speaker is Rondal Richardson, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Piggott. Organizers note parents, and the public, are invited to attend. Weather permitting, the rally will end with the traditional balloon launch. Winners of the coloring and essay contests will also be introduced during the gathering.

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 with the class collecting the most items during the week to be recognized and rewarded. Items may also be dropped-off at the PES office or parent center.

On Monday all students are encouraged to wear either red or their drug-free shirt.

Tuesday is Patriotic Day, as students celebrate being a drug-free citizen by wearing red, white and blue. Wednesday is "Sock it to Drugs Day" as all students, teachers and staff are encouraged to wear silly socks and pajamas. Thursday is "Crazy About Being Drug Free Day" and everyone is welcome to wear mis-matched, crazy clothes to school. On Friday, Oct. 28, the weeklong observance will end with "Scare Away Drugs! and Say Boo to Bullies!" as students are invited to wear Halloween costumes, although masks are not permitted.

According to RedRibbon.org the annual observance offers the perfect chance for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. The weeklong event is sponsored by The National Family Partnership, in an effort to help citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free.

PES students are also asked to wear their Red Ribbon Week ribbins each day of the observance.

Rector

"I Elect to be Drug Free" is the theme for Red Ribbon Week at Rector Elementary School this year. In keeping with tradition, Rector students will be marking the observance with a variety of special activities as Red Ribbon Week is set for Monday through Friday, Oct. 24 through 28. The Rector Elementary GT students, who coordinated the week's events, have planned many activities and contests to take place during the week to show support for living a drug free life. The theme this year is set to coincide with the upcoming presidential election.

Different contests have been planned during the week and will be split into three categories, with a winner being selected from each classroom. Students in kindergarten and first grade will be participating a a coloring contest. Second, third and fourth grade students will be designing their own drug free poster and fifth and sixth grade students will write an essay about why the "Elect to be Drug Free." RES would like to thank Paragould Cinema 8 for generously providing movie passes for winners of the contests.

Other activities during the week include a daily guessing jar, dress-up days, a mock election and a rally and parade. The mock election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, with each student voting for president.

Monday will kick things off with "Hillbilly Day" as students are encouraged to dress as hillbillies. Tuesday will be "Sports Day" with students wearing clothing of their favorite team. Wednesday will be "Wacky Wednesday" where students are encouraged to dress as wacky as they can. Thursday will be "Nerd Day" and Friday is "Red Day" as students are asked to wear red as they represent a drug free life.

The rally and parade is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the open lot at the west end of the elementary. The community is invited to come out and support the students.

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