Athens Independent School District Students will be seeing red next week.
The school district will be participating in Red Ribbon Week next week. According to the Nation Family Partnership Web site, the prevention program is designed to make students aware of the drug problem and to give them the courage to say no to them. The program began in 1985, in response to the murder of DEA Agent Kiki Camerena by drug traffickers in Mexico City. The “Just Say No Promise,” is “I promise to lead a drug free life. I want to be healthy and happy. I will say no to alcohol and other harmful drugs. I will help my friends say no. I will promise to stand up for what I know is right.”
Students at the different campuses in Athens will be participating by wearing a red ribbon that symbolizes an intolerance towards the use of drugs. They will also attending programs and participating in different spirit week activities.
“This will be a busy week, filled with days of all kinds of activities and learning,” said Athens Middle School counselor Diane Bookman. “We want to help show Athens that Athens Middle School students don’t need drugs.”
Students at the middle school will be watching different anti-drug videos in their classrooms and having discussions about them. The middle school will begin the week with a kick-off assembly where the advanced theater department will perform scenes depicting different aspects of the drug problem. The band will also be performing.
Students will still have to be in dress code unless they are participating in the different themes for each week.
Athens High School teacher Rita Curington said the program is worthwhile if it can draw students attention to the problem. The high school will be participating in Red Ribbon Week, but will be using the days specified by the National Family Partnership, which are Tuesday, Oct. 23 to Wed. Oct. 31. They are still in the process of scheduling their Red Ribbon Activities.
The schedule of events for each campus are as follows:
Annex- Pre-Kindergarten, Bel Air Elementary
Monday- “Shade Out Drugs” Students wear sunglasses
Tuesday- “Tie on Good Choices” Students may wear ties
Wednesday- “Drugs Can Make you Crazy” Students may wear crazy socks
Thursday- “Drugs Give you the Blues” Students may wear navy blue shirt and navy blue pants.
Friday- “Put a Cap on Drugs” Students may wear fun and silly hats to school.
South Athens Elementary
Monday- “Plant a Promise” Each class will plant red tulips at the school.
Tuesday- “Drugs Give you the Blues” Students and faculty may wear blue and sun shades.
Wednesday- “Give Drugs the Slip” Students and faculty may wear slippers. Slips will be given to all children for pledges, and for a chance to win a t-shirt.
Thursday- “Sock it to Drugs” Students and faculty may wear crazy socks and red shirts.
Friday- “Stomp Out Drugs” Maroon shirts and army pants. Students and faculty may wear boots and army pants (camo) or khaki pants.
Monday- “Hooked on Books, Not Drugs” The day will start with 15 minutes of reading time. Drawing for prizes based on student id or library card.
Tuesday- “Plant a Promise” Classes will plant red tulips at the school to remind students in spring of promises made at this time.
Wednesday- “Put a Cap on Drugs” Students and staff may wear caps or hats.
Thursday- “My Future Shines Bright-I’m Drug Free” Students and staff wear sunglasses.
Friday- “Join the Fight Against Drugs” Students/staff may wear an item of camo clothing or camo armbands.
The Morris Brothers will provide entertainment and a message about making good life decisions on Wednesday.
Monday- “Fight Drugs 24/7/365” Students may wear hats.
Tuesday- “Proud to be Drug Free” Students can wear red, white and blue.
Wednesday- “Win the War Against Drugs” Wear camouflage.
Thursday- “Sock it to Drugs” Students and faculty may wear crazy socks.
Friday- “Stomp out Drugs” Students and faculty may wear and RCF hornet shirt, jeans and their “army” boots.
Monday- “Drugs Have No Place in our Future” Wear college shirts or sweatshirts.
Tuesday- “Join Our Fight Against Drugs” Wear camo clothing.
Wednesday- “Tie Down Drugs” Wear a tie.
Thursday- “Put a Cap on Drugs” Wear your favorite cap.
Friday- Wear school spirit shirt with jeans for the district wide pep-rally.
Athens ISD to participate in Red Ribbon Week
Athens Independent School District Students will be seeing red next week.
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