October 6-10 is Red Ribbon Week, otherwise known as Drug Free Week. We will have activities at school to get the message out to students; however, I encourage you all to take this time to speak to your children at home about the negative effects of drug use. When speaking to your children about drugs, some topics to remember include:
- Illegal Drug Use. This includes drugs such as cocaine and marijuana, etc. However, it also includes the use of legal drugs in an illegal manner. An example of this is the consumption of alcohol or the use of tobacco products while under the legal age. Another example is using OTC (over the counter) or prescription medications in a way in which they were not intended.
- Legal Drug Use. Many legal methods of drug use do exist and are very dangerous to our children. Some of these include items that were never intended as a “drug,” such as aerosol sprays, energy drinks (“Red Bull”), and energy pills (“Yellow Jackets”). A few trends you may want to research and discuss with your children include “Huffing” and “Dusting.”
- Other ways to get a “high.” A couple of these include “choking” and “cutting.” While cutting is recognized as a real mental addiction, it has also become something of a trend, a way to get a small adrenaline rush.
Red Ribbon Week Theme Days
Monday, October 6
Let’s put drugs to bed. [Students may wear pajama pants to school. They must be in dress code (you know, other than the fact that they’re pajama pants…). Shirts must also be in dress code.]
Tuesday, October 7
I am a superhero! I have the power to say no to drugs. (Wear your favorite superhero shirt or the colors of your favorite hero. No costumes!)
Wednesday, October 8
My future is so bright without drugs! (Wear bright colors.)
Thursday, October 9
We are in a war against drugs. (Wear camo, or camo colors.)
Friday, October 10
We are teaming up against drugs. (Wear your favorite team shirt.)
Teachers and students (okay, mostly students!) have been working hard on their Drug Awareness Doors and they look fabulous!