Medina Journal-Register — Students in Mr. Archer’s Service Learning classes recently joined the staff and students in the Albion Middle School to celebrate Red Ribbon Week with a series of dress up days to encourage drug-free living. As part of “Don’t Get ‘Tied’ Down with Drugs Day,” the kids took time to learn how to tie a tie. It is an annual lesson that Archer does with his seventh-graders as part of his “70 Things Every Seventh Grader Should Know” series.
“The results are always entertaining,” Archer said. Other daily themes in the middle school were; “Don’t Let Drugs Turn You Inside Out!” (Inside Out Day), “Sock it to Drugs Day” (Crazy Sock Day) and “Team Up Against Drugs” (Favorite Team Apparel Day).
In the Elementary School representatives from GCASA (Sherri Bensley and Diana Fulcomer) gave presentations to the health classes throughout the week. Students signed a pledge to be drug free and chose three adults that they recognized as people who make a positive difference in their life. They delivered a Role Model Ribbon to those people on Thursday.
The week wrapped up by celebrating being Drug Free and Healthy the Eagle Way on Friday. Students showed their commitment by wearing purple and white and making a choice that was healthy for them. Health teacher Toni Plummer said, “We want to encourage our students to lead a drug-free life through making healthy decisions. Everyone plays a part in helping to prevent drug use with our youth. Our entire staff helped out this week by wearing red, participating in healthy activities and talking about all the activities that our kids can do without drugs!”
The high school recognized the week by running a poster and essay contest in conjunction with the English and art classes.
The high school also had daily drug prevention/education announcements. GCASA speakers came in during the students’ lunch time to educate students on the dangers of substance abuse. The week concluded with the New York State Police bringing a “Texting and Driving” simulator to the high school to demonstrate how easily accidents occur when individuals make the choice to text and drive or drive while they are impaired. This simulator perfectly tied Red Ribbon Week to the distracted driving activities from earlier in the month.