Red Ribbon Week focuses on healthy choices
Students at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) joined students across the country in observing Red Ribbon Week from October 22-25 with a variety of activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices and a supportive bully-free environment at school.
Red Ribbon Week is dedicated to federal drug enforcement agent Enrique Camarena, who was killed by drug traffickers in Mexico in 1985. In response, members of parent-teacher organizations across the United States began wearing red ribbons to symbolize their commitment to creating a drug-free America.
October is also recognized as National Anti-Bullying Month. During Red Ribbon Week, teachers, staff, and students engaged in a variety of activities to also recognize National Anti-Bullying Month. "Our theme for this year was 'We've Got Better Things to Do Than Drugs and Bullying,''' said Georgia Weaver, social worker for KDES. "We encouraged parents to be involved, too. We asked them to write a personal letter to their child and share it during the week. The idea behind the letter was for parents to encourage their child to take a stand against drugs and bullying, and to remind parents of their love and belief in their child's ability to make healthy choices."
During the week students participated in many activities. In their art classes, they created bulletin boards to display in the main school corridor on themes such as "Our Humpty-Dumpty Feelings," "Our Bodies-Making Healthy Choices," and "Anti-Drug and Anti-Bullying Profiles." Students gave presentations on the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body. At the end of the week, students participated in a scavenger hunt as part of a team and had to reassemble found puzzle pieces with messages that they had learned during the week into a whole picture, symbolizing the connection of many habits that together contribute to a healthy lifestyle.