Red Ribbon Week Activities Set

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Red Ribbon Week will be marked next week, with students in both Rector and Piggott participating.

Piggott

A full schedule of special activities and observances are scheduled next Monday through Friday, Oct. 23 to 27, as Piggott Elementary School will once again mark Red Ribbon Week. This year's theme is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free.”

Each day a special theme will be observed, as the school joins others in encouraging citizens to come together in an effort to keep communities safe, healthy and drug-free.

The week will kick-off Monday with rally day, as students are encouraged to wear red and their Drug-Free t-shirts. The annual rally will be held at 1:30 p.m. on the PES playground and this year's feature speaker is a returning favorite, as Bro. Kevin Murray will address the assembly. Of course, the rally will also include the popular balloon launch, performances by the Marching Mohawk Band and PHS cheerleaders. Essay and coloring contest winners will also be announced, and the top essays will be read. Parents and others are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday is “Western Day” and all students and staff are invited to dress in western attire as they, “saddle up to stay drug free.” Wednesday is “Patroitic Day” and everyone is encouraged to wear the colors of the flag and remember, “our future is red, white and blue.” The theme for Thursday is “Let's Put Drugs to Bed” as the annual pajama day is held, with most of the students and staff wearing their PJs to school.The week will close-out on Friday with “Costume Day” as students say “Boo to Drugs!” On Friday students may wear a costume to school, although masks are not allowed.

During the week teachers will be engaging students in activities to promote the ideas of the theme. They'll also receive a red ribbon to wear each day of the observance. In the classroom the staff will implement activities to teach the ideas of staying away from drugs to create a better future. The coloring contest will be conducted among the kindergarten through second grade students while third through six will participate in the essay contest. The fourth grade will also be touring Aerial Bouquets to learn more about the community.

Another important activity for the week is the annual collection of hygiene items. Parents and others are asked to send un-opened hygiene items to school during the week, and the grade which contributes the most will receive a reward. Appropriate items include soaps, body wash, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other products for hygeine and grooming.

Rector

The students of Rector Elementary School are set to once-again observe Red Ribbon Week, with a full schedule of events planned for Monday through Friday, Oct. 23 to 27. The Red Ribbon Week celebration at RES is coordinated by the GT students and they've planned a number of activities and contests designed to show support for living a drug-free life. The theme for this year's nationwide campaign is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free.”

Organizers note the contests held during the week will be split into three catagories, with a winner named in each classroom. Students in kindergarten and first grade will participate in a coloring contest. The second, third and fourth grade students at RES will be designing their own drug-free posters and fifth and sixth grade students will be asked to write an essay on, “how does staying drug free make a key impact on your future?”

The GT students have also planned other activities for the week, including a daily guessing jar, dress-up days and the now-traditional rally and parade.

The schedule for this year's dress-up days are as follows—Monday is “Madness Monday” and students may dress as “wacky” as they choose. Tuesday is “Celebrity Day” and students are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favorite celebrity or fictional character. Wednesday is “Nerd Day” and students and staff will be dressing as “nerdy” as they can. As for Thursday, it's “Duo Day” and students are encouraged to find a buddy and dress as their favorite duo—such as Batman and Robin or salt and pepper. On Friday all Rector Elementary students and staff are asked to wear red, the official color of Red Ribbon Week.

The annual rally is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, in the open lot at the west end of the elementary school. Following the rally, all of the elementary students will be parading around the block in support of living a drug-free life. Parents and members of the community are welcome, and encouraged, to attend.

“We look forward to observing Red Ribbon Week to celebrate living a drug-free life,” noted RES GT adviser Lance Mabry. “We would also like to thank the Rector Sonic for generously providing ice cream coupons for the winners of the contests.”

Red Ribbon Week originated in the mid-1980s and is observed in thousands of schools nationwide, sponsored by the National Family Partnership. Those wanting additional information may visit them online at http://redribbon.org

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