Langdon Area Elementary School (LAES) had a week filled with activities to celebrate and keep area students drug free when the school celebrated Red Ribbon Week.
By Melissa Anderson
The National Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31 each year.
“Red Ribbon Week is a week designed to inform students about the dangers and effects of drugs and alcohol,” Alison Podhradsky, who teaches fourth through sixth grade at LAES, explained.
The campaign started in 1988 in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena that occurred in 1985. Parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.
To partake in the Red Ribbon week campaign, LAES made the week more interactive. Each day of the week was given a theme in relation to staying drug free.
• Monday– “We are Proud to be Drug Free” – Wear Red.
• Tuesday– “Put a Cap on Drugs”– Hat Day.
• Wednesday–”Don’t get Caught Sleeping”– PJ Day.
• Thursday – “We Have the Power to Say No” – Superhero Day.
• Friday– “Our School Chooses to be Drug Free”– Cardinal Spirit Day.
On Friday, the school also held a scavenger hunt for all of the students.
“We had students go to different stations with different activities involving Red Ribbon Week such as signing a pledge, coming up with ideas for next year, chalk drawing drug free inspired pictures, a photo booth, and then ending in the gym for a slideshow of pictures and ice-cream treats,” Podhradsky said.
Overall, the week-long event taught students to say no to drugs and alcohol and some of the effects that they can have on the body.
“I think it is important because by educating students at a young age, I believe will help them make better decisions as they get older,” Podhradsky stated.
Podhradsky would like to thank all the students, parents, and staff for participating!