2010-11-04 / School

Lexington Elementary School celebrates Red Ribbon Week 2010 Theme: “Eagles Have Better Things To Do Than Drugs”.

Monday, October 25th was Let Your True Color Shine – Wear Red Day. Everyone was asked to wear red clothing. All students and staff were issued Red Ribbon bands that read “Proud to be Drug Free”. The

Monday morning meeting featured the winners of the Red Ribbon Contests. Kindergarten coloring contest – Brenly Walker. 1st grade poster – Corbin Toland. 2nd grade poster contest – Victoria Mathis. 3rd grade poster contest – Aliyana Dunn. 4th grade essay contest – Caitlyn Scheel. 5th grade essay contest – Josie Villarreal. The LES cheerleaders performed a Red Ribbon Week cheer and the students said the drug-free battle cry.

Tuesday, October 26th was Be All You Can Be – Join The Fight Against Drugs Day. Everyone was asked to wear camouflage clothing. Students whose names were called during the announcements received prizes if they were wearing their red bands.

Wednesday, October 27th was Say Peace Out to Drugs Day. Everyone was asked to wear psychedelic clothing. The Drug Free Pledge was signed. “I pledge to be drug free because I know that drugs are bad for me, my school, and my country. I say “NO” to alcohol, tobacco, and other harmful drugs. The best choice for me is to stay drug free.” Prizes were given to students wearing their red bands.

Thursday, October 28th was Be A Jean-ius – Give Drugs the Boot Day. Everyone was asked to wear jeans and boots. Prizes were given to students wearing their red bands.

Friday, October 29th was Eagles Team Up Against Drugs Day. Everyone was asked to wear their green and gold. Prizes were given to students wearing their red bands. At 2:40pm a Red Ribbon Rally was held on the practice field at the High School. A red formation reading “Drug Free” along with a red ribbon was made by Lexington Elementary and Middle School students and staff. LMS cheerleaders, LMS pep squad and LES cheerleaders performed. Josie Villarreal, 5th grade student read her winning essay. All students and staff joined in the drug free victory cry. “N-O-D-R-U-G-S that’s our drug-free battle cry. “

Red Ribbon Week serves as a kickoff and catalyst for a yearlong prevention effort. Successful prevention efforts include parents, school, law enforcement, the faith community and all other community resources working in a unified way with a consistent message.

The first Red Ribbon Campaign was organized in 1986 by a grassroots organization of parents dedicated to protecting communities from the destruction caused by alcohol and drug abuse. The red ribbon was adopted as a symbol of the movement in honor of Enrique Camarena, an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration kidnapped and killed while investigating drug traffickers. The campaign has reached millions of U.S children and has been recognized by the U.S. Congress.

Thanks to everyone who made Red Ribbon Week at Lexington Elementary a memorable event.

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