Monday October 24th All classroom doors in grades 3, 4, and 5 are decorated-bracelets are distributed
Tuesday October 25th Turn Your Back on Drugs and wear your shirt backwards
Wednesday October 26th Election Day-Wear Red, White, and/or Blue. Students in grade 3, 4, and 5 will be given a ballot that reads:
I, (student name),
Elect to Be Drug Free!
Students will bring their signed ballot to lunch with them on Wednesday for our special Red Ribbon Week Ballot Box. Staff will hang the ballots on the bulletin board outside the gymnasium for all to see.
Thursday October 27th “The Future is So Bright You Gotta Wear Shades”-or neon. Students can wear sunglasses and/or neon colors.
Friday, October 28th The winner of the door decorating contest will be announced by the end of the school day. Winner will earn a pizza party with Chief Jewett!
Take a look at last year’s doors
Awareness at Memorial
Over the course of Memorial’s school year, students in health classes are taught safety around medicines at home, and to always have a guardian or parent administer them when necessary. As students get older they are taught about prescription medications, as well as illegal and legal drugs. They are taught about how drugs, alcohol, and smoking, affect the human body. In guidance classes they are taught about peer pressure and ways to say no. This year Memorial’s theme for Red Ribbon Week is “I Elect to be Drug Free”.
The PTO supplied funds for our students in grades 3, 4, and 5 to receive rubber bracelets and pencils with that phrase. During the month of October, students in grades 3, 4, and 5 have been hard at work designing door decorations for their classrooms in Art class. (Students in grades K, 1, and 2 vote on their favorite door.)
In PE, students find ways to dance, move, and rap to reinforce that they have better things to do than drugs. In Music, the students are singing a song that reminds them that they are “good” just the way they are.
In Technology, 5th graders will be making slides for a power point to be displayed in the main lobby.
History of Red Ribbon Week
The National Red Ribbon Campaign has been honored since 1985 when Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was murdered. In honor of his memory, family members and friends began wearing red ribbons to show their support in order to continue his belief that, “one person can make a difference”. People in communities all over the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness to the damage and destruction drugs can do. In 1988, National Family Partnership began sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign. “Today the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst in communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.” (http://redribbon.org/about/)