By Sarah Sutton
Van-Far President of Students Against Destructive Decisions
SADD invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31.
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use facing our community and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.
This year’s celebration kicked off on Tuesday, October 23 with outdoor decorations and a food drive that lasted all week here at Van-Far Junior High and Senior High Schools.
Activities throughout the week included: “Red Day” on Wednesday, when the food drive took place and students wore a red shirt all day; “Write Off Drugs Day” on Thursday, when during Indian Minutes students wrote public service announcements or poetry to be published in The Vandalia Leader as a contest; “Cross Off Drugs Day” on Friday, when word search activities and crossword puzzles were made available during Indian Minutes; “Scare Drugs Out of Here Day” on Monday, when during Indian Minutes students had the opportunities to decorate trick-or-treat bags with drug free messages for our “Halloween Hoopla;” “Brush Off Drugs Day” on Tuesday, when students collected and brought in new hairbrushes, nail brushes, and toothbrushes that will be donated to the local food pantry; and “Drug Free Pumpkin Patch Day” of the final day of Red Ribbon week, when “Halloween Hoopla” will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, October 31 in the high school gymnasium.
There were daily trivia questions for students to answer. The final day of Red Ribbon Week is Wednesday, October 31.
Red Ribbon Week symbolizes the continuing commitment to reduce the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community. Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.