Red Ribbon Week- the last full week in OctoberThe focus of Red Ribbon Week is to encourage students to be drug and alcohol free. We provide many activities throughout the week to promote making good decisions.
Tips for parents/guardians:-Talk with your child often about the reasons to avoid drugs and alcohol-the facts, risks, and long-term effects they can have on their life.-Get to know their friends and the friends' parents/guardians-Be involved as much as possible!-Discuss with your child "a plan of action" of how to contact you or a designated adult if they find themselves in a situation where drugs or alcohol are present.-Encourage open dialogue with you child about their thoughts, concerns, and/or experiences.-Make sure children who are unattended for periods during the day or evening "feel your presence." Give them a schedule and set clear limits on their behavior.-Talk to them about peer pressure. The following suggestions are from www.howtolearn.com:
Help teens resist peer pressure by letting them know:
Activities are provided for students to participate in the drug awareness/prevention week, such as a drug-free rally after school. Students may express their pledge to be drug free by dressing up each day, signing a pledge board in front of the school counseling office, and creating door decorations for their advisory based on each grade level's theme.This year's theme: "Life Is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free"Dress up days:
- They have the right to say, “no”
- They can be assertive and firm without being angry
- They can use a strong voice, stand up tall, and look their peers in the eye.
- It is important to tell people how they feel
- It is always an option to walk away
- Adults have peer pressure, too. Give them examples that you have faced.
Monday, October 22nd - “Follow Your Dreams- Don’t Do Drugs”- pajama day
Tuesday, October 23rd - “It’s COOL to be Drug Free”- wear your favorite sunglasses
Wednesday, October 24th – “Team Up Against Drugs”- wear your team jersey/team shirt
Thursday, October 25th – “Be a HERO Everyday- Stay Drug Free”- dress as your favorite hero
Friday, October 26th – “Say BOO to Drugs!”- wear orange and black