In honor of Red Ribbon Week, Van-Far High School officers of the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) wrote articles concerning drug and alcohol prevention.
Abbi Kuda, President- “For all the parents out there here are a few things you can do with your kids to keep them drug free. The Best advice is to talk to your child. Open communication about any topic is always a way to be proactive and to try to avoid a future problem. Be open to all questions your child may have and what they have to say. Don’t get angry with your child over a sensitive situation. Agree try to work things out with them. You can also have them sign a contract for life. There are communication tips and a contract for life on the SADD website. The website address is www.SADD.org.”
Shyanne Berry, 1st Vice-President- “Red Ribbon Week is a week when we teach our school and our community to say NO to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. This is important because those things can hurt you and make complications with you physical and mental health. Red Ribbon Week gives parents, students, teachers and other people in the community the chance to fight the battle against drugs.”
“Each year, Red Ribbon Week reinvigorates the message that drug abuse remains with us, and that we must stay vigilant in the fight,” said Jack Lawn. “Each year, drug abuse gets worse. Young people are often pressured into using drugs. “It’s important to remember that parents, educators, and communities are the first line of defense in the fight against drug abuse. Law enforcement is a critical element in the fight against drug abuse, but the DEA alone cannot solve this problem. We need your help and the help of the community to keep kids safe against drug abuse.”
Does anyone know what started Red Ribbon Week? It started after the kidnapping, torture and murder of Enrique Camarena In 1985. In 1988 the first National Red Ribbon Week has proclaimed by the U.S. congress and chaired by Nancy Reagan. I hope everyone in this community tries to become drug free; we don’t want anyone getting hurt over drugs. Please listen to the Students Against Destructive Decisions, (SADD) members when we try to tell you to say No to drugs.”
Courtney Jennings, 2nd Vice-President- “So you may be wondering what SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, is all about. SADD is here to promote good decisions in teenagers and adults everyday lives. SADD is a very trusting organization. We take on many projects to try to better the school and community. SADD is a small organization, but very powerful. We host things like movie nights, open forums, and also have business meetings every month. During movie nights we always watch something that we can get a life lesson from. Open forums are also a big part of this organization. These are meetings after school where students can come into a safe place and talk to trustworthy people about stories that may upset the student. The students may also get advice from trustworthy students and adults. It’s a great way to get things out and get other students point of view on your situation. Along with SADD is red ribbon week. Red ribbon week is where we promote things like staying drug and alcohol free. It goes along with what the whole organization is all about. SADD is a great organization for everyone!”
Autumn Sutton, Secretary, “Doing drugs can put you in danger both mentally and physically. Sometimes, when you take drugs it is a sign of trying to avoid problems, such as stress at home, school, work, and peer pressure. Doing drugs doesn’t make you look cool at all. In the beginning, drugs can make you feel great and act as a get away from your problems. Over the time that you are taking the drug you will need more and more of the drug to make you feel good. The more you take this drug the more addicted you will get. Some people take drugs to experience a high that the drug may give them. The affects of taking drugs is that your brain and your heart could be permanently damaged. Is it worth the risk? Your mood could also be affected. You could die from an overdose or a poor decision while you are using drugs. Before you decide to do drugs, think about your health, and your family. How can it affect you and them? It could cost you your life. Next time someone asks you to try it, say NO. You can live without them. Go get help. Only you can change your own life. No one else knows how you feel. Take action today.”
Gina Clausen, SADD Treasurer- Choosing to use drugs is a very destructive decision. You should be drug free because drugs can destroy your life. Drugs can also hurt you and your family. Drugs can also cost you your education and what you do with your life. Drug usage or addiction can also affect a child’s life if the parents participate in this behavior. Students Against Destructive Decisions is a National Student Organization that provides students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions. Students have told us that positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for their lives. This is why our advisor, Mrs. Teresa Klott decided to sponsor the SADD organization at Van-Far.
Emily Laskowski, Reporter-”During the period of October 23-31, Van-Far Junior/Senior High will be participating in Red Ribbon Week. The entire week will consist of trivia questions, a window decorating contest for grades 7-12, Red Ribbon Bracelet check, and a food drive in which the donations will go to Blessing in a Bag. We will also be selling Red Ribbons to sign and put on a banner as a pledge to be a healthy individual for $1.
This will be the time line for SADD during Red Ribbon Week, Wednesday, October 23, Mrs. Berry’s art classes will place red ribbons on the doors. SADD will distribute bracelets during lunch. Classes start decorating windows.”
Thursday, October 24, Students wear the craziest socks they can find for Sock It To Drugs Day.
Friday, October 25, Students wear headbands/bracelets to support the ban of drugs.
Monday, October 28, Students wear their favorite boots to Boot Out Drugs Day.
Tuesday, October 29, Students wear their favorite sweats to Living Drug Free is No Sweat Day.
Wednesday, October 30, Contest will be held for the student who wears the most “red” in their attire.
Thursday, October 31, Indian Minutes classes do fun activities to support Cross Off Drugs Day.
Baileigh Lucas, historian-“Red Ribbon Week is approaching quickly at the Van-Far School District, and I would like to tell you a few reasons on why you should be drug free. Number One-if you are drug free you have a wider variety of job options, for example, at most jobs they have you participate in a drug test before you can be accepted. If you fail you will either end up not getting the job or getting fired. Number Two-drugs can cause you to be distracted in school, you won’t keep your grades up, you won’t pass that year, and you will most likely have to take that whole year over again in some cases. One more reason to be drug free is because any type of drug can ruin not only your life, but the lives of the people that you care about, not to mention the ones who love you and care about you.”
“So please for future purposes think about what you are doing, think about how it will affect others and how your life will change. Remember you only have so many brain cells, don’t waste them.”