Red Ribbon Week Continues Through Friday

Thursday, October 26, 2017
The weather improved Monday afternoon, and provided sunshine and clear blue skies for the annual balloon launch held at the PES Red Ribbon Week Rally.
TD photo/Tim Blair

A full schedule of special activities and observances continue through Friday, Oct. 27, as both Rector and Piggott elementary schools once again mark Red Ribbon Week. This year's theme is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free.”

Each day a special theme is being observed, as the schools join others in encouraging citizens to come together in an effort to keep communities safe, healthy and drug-free.

At PES the week kicked-off Monday afternoon with the annual ralley, with Bro. Kevin Murray serving as the featured speaker. The rally also included the popular balloon launch, along with performances by the Marching Mohawk Band and junior and senior high cheerleaders. The essay and coloring contest winners were also announced, and the top essays read. Additional details, and photos, of the essay and coloring contest winners may be found in next week's edition of the CCTD.

Meanwhile, at Rector 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.

At RES Thursday will be “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.

At Rector Elementary, 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.

For students at Piggott Elementary School, 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 PES teachers are also engaging students in activities to promote the ideas of the theme.

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.

Originating in the mid-1980s, Red Ribbon Week has become a nationwide effort promoted by the National Family Partnership. Those wanting additional information may visit

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