Red Ribbon Week focuses attention on anti-drug message - October 20, 2005
Fort Wayne Community Schools will join districts across the country in observing Red Ribbon Week during Oct. 23-31. While celebration event vary, red ribbons will be the common factor among students. Red Ribbon Week began in the mid-1980s in reaction to the death of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena. Camarena was killed while investigating a Mexican drug cartel in 1985. By 1988, Red Ribbon Week became a national memorial to him - and a national recognition of the evils of illegal drugs. Following are some activities going on in Fort Wayne Community Schools: Franke Park Elementary School 828 Mildred Ave. 425-7336 Principal is Jim Emmerson. Beginning Oct. 24, the theme will be “The Sweetest Things in Life Are Drug Free” and each student will receive a pack of sweet tarts with a drug free message attached. Other themes include: “Be a Roll Model Stay Drug Free” - each student will receive a Tootsie Roll with a drug free message attached’ “Drugs Are No Laughing Matter” - each student will receive taffy with a drug free message attached and “Erase Drugs” with each student receiving a cap eraser with a drug free message attached. In addition, all students will wear red ribbons throughout the week. Croninger Elementary School 6700 Trier Road 425-7326 Principal is Carolyn Powers. Beginning Oct. 24, Croninger students will be memorizing the Drug Free Pledge. Throughout the week they will hold discussions about the harmful effects of illegal drugs and students will be writing what they have learned. Everyone will wear red on Oct. 28 and at 1:30 p.m. all of the staff and students will form a huge circle around the school and holding hands say the pledge together. Washington Center Elementary School 1936 W. Wallen Road 425-7477 Principal is Debra Casey. Students have a full week of activities including; Oct. 24 - Team Up Against Drugs - students will wear their favorite team attire; Oct. 25 everyone will be wearing read; Oct. 26 is “Sock it to Drugs” day with everyone wearing mismatched socks; Oct. 27 will be red, white and blue for all with the theme “United We Stand for a Drug-Free Land” and on Oct. 28 it’s wear your shirt backwards day to celebrate the theme “Turn Your Back on Drugs.” There will also be a jelly bean guessing contest. Shambaugh Elementary School 5320 Rebecca Dr. 425-7444 Principal is Kathy Carr. Each class at Shambaugh will decorate a pumpkin and poster with a drug free slogan. Posters will be displayed all week. The schedule is: Oct. 24, pencil give away day; Oct. 25, wear red day; Oct. 26, newspaper and red ribbon give away; Oct. 27, everyone will wear their clothes backwards for “Turn Your Back on Drugs” day. On Oct. 28, everyone will receive red licorice, poster contest winners will be announced and winners of the pumpkin decorating contest will be honored. Nebraska Elementary School 1525 Boone St. 467-8000 Principal is Jennifer Peckham. Nebraska Elementary will be observing red ribbon week beginning Oct. 24 with the following activities: each day(except Wednesday) students will receive a drug free reminder-- Monday- a button, Tuesday- a red ribbon, Thursday- a pencil, Friday- a lollipop. Each item will have the saying I Elect To Be Drug Free. On Wednesday, students and staff will be encouraged to wear red. Student Council members will read a drug free message on morning announcements. Kekionga Middle School 2929 Engle Road 425-7378 Principal is Dr. Debra Jones. Kekionga will begin its Red Ribbon Week early with Camfel Associates doing a Drug Free assembly at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19. This is a tradition at the school and hailed as one of the best assemblies they have ever sponsored. The group has lots of sound/action/video on large screens - about 20-feet high. Their anti-drug messages enthrall students; you can hear a pin drop during the event it is so engaging for middle schoolers.
Indian Village Elementary School 3835 Wenonah Lane 425-7368 Principal is Stephany Bourne Beginning on Oct. 24, all students and staff will be wearing the red ribbons paid for PTA. On Friday, Oct. 28, McMillen Health Association will present an anti-drug use program at 1 p.m. at the school for fifth-graders. Pleasant Center Elementary School 2323 Pleasant Center Road 435-7428 Principal is David Weber. The school’s Red Ribbon Week Committee has put together the following events for the week of October 24-28: Monday - Red Ribbon Day - all students will receive their red ribbons and all classrooms will create a Classroom Door Decoration for Red Ribbon Week; Tuesday is Wear Red Day; Wednesday is Pajama Day as students snuggle up to an anti-drug message; Thursday is Team Day with students wearing their favorite team attire (pro, college or high school) and Friday everyone will wear their favorite cap, beret or Fedora! There will also be school-wide essay activities throughout the week. Forest Park Elementary School 2004 Alabama Ave. 425-7333 Principal is Jane Rhodes. On Friday, Oct. 21, the school will kick-off Red Ribbon Week a bit early with everyone in the school wearing red. On Friday, Oct. 28, Fort Wayne Police Department’s K9 officers and dogs will present a drug-free program to students at 9:15 and 10 a.m. at the school. Brentwood Elementary School 3710 Stafford Dr. 425-7320 Principal is Get Nichols. Brentwood Elementary School will be decked out to fight drug abuse! There will be an anti-drug message on a banner displayed in the front hall and posters have been made by the Art Club and will also be hung in the halls during that week. In addition, teachers will align health lessons with the Drug Awareness Week message. Beginning Monday, Oct. 24, morning announcements will include an introduction to the Red Ribbon Week activities. All students will receive red ribbons to be decorated by the children and can be worn or taped to their desks. All students will receive a white paper picture of a hand to be decorated, cut out and signed as a pledge to be drug-free. Each teacher may tape the hands in the hall to continue a chain from the main banner. Teachers will also receive red construction paper so that each child may trace a second hand print with the child's name on it and will be taped to the fence outside on Thursday. On Oct. 26, there will be a WOW Essay- I Choose to be Drug-Free with the topic: What do you want to achieve in school, in sports, or in your future life when you choose to be drug-free? Students will ready their essays during the lunch hour. On Thursday, Oct. 27, students will be called at different times, by classroom, beginning at 1:30 p.m. to take their red construction paper hand prints outside and tape them to the fence to spell out the theme, "Brentwood Joins Hands Against Drugs" so the entire fence around the school at East State Blvd. and Bolton Street will be boasting the anti-drug message. Media are welcome!