FWCS celebrates Red Ribbon Week - October 18, 2007

Record Number: 3538
Displayed from: Oct 18, 2007 , until: Nov 05, 2007

Several Fort Wayne Community Schools will recognize Red Ribbon Week Oct. 22-26 with fun activities to encourage students to stay away from drugs. The Red Ribbon Campaign was started by the National Family Partnership after drug traffickers in Mexico City killed DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. Using Red Ribbons is designed to present a unified and visible commitment towards creating a drug-free America. Schools across the country, including those in FWCS, use Red Ribbon Week to reinforce the drug-free messages students are taught throughout the year. MEDIA: Feel free to visit any of the schools next week for their celebrations, but please call the school first so they know to expect you. Here is a list of many of the activities going on next week: The PTA at Arlington Elementary School organized special student activities for each day, including spirit days: Monday Crazy Shoe Day; Tuesday Wear Red Shirt Backwards Day; Wednesday Crazy Hair Day; Thursday Hugs Not Drugs (bring your favorite stuffed animal to school); Friday School Spirit Day (wear orange). The PTA at Haley Elementary School will sponsor the event with spirit days scheduled. Teachers will include drug-free lessons in their plans, and students will receive certificates, ribbons, pencils, stickers, lollipops and other prizes throughout the week. Holland Elementary School will have an essay contest and will read entries each morning during the announcements. The winner gets a Red Ribbon clock and all participants receive wrist bands. Students will also participate in spirit days: Monday Wear Shirts Inside Out Day; Tuesday Favorite Stuffed Animal Day; Wednesday Hat Day (pay 50 cents to wear a hat; all money donated to Riley Children's Hospital); Thursday Crazy Socks/Shoes Day; Friday Wear Red Day. Indian Village Elementary School will plant 500 red tulip bulbs in the outdoor lab. Next spring, the lab will be dedicated to Matthew Saylor, a former student who passed away last Thanksgiving. Lincoln Elementary School will celebrate with spirit days: Monday Join the Fight Against Drugs (camouflage day); Tuesday Color the World Drug Free (bright colors day); Wednesday Put a Cap on Drugs (hat day); Thursday Too Cool for Drugs (sunglasses day); Friday I Vote for Being Drug Free (red, white and blue day). Nebraska Elementary School will celebrate using the slogan "Come With Me and Be Drug Free." Students will participate in the following spirit days: Monday Living Drug Free is No Sweat (sweatshirt day); Tuesday Shade Out Drugs Day (wear sunglasses); Wednesday Bump and Spike Day (student and staff volleyball game); Thursday Give Drugs the Slip Day (wear slippers); Friday Hugs Not Drugs Day (bring stuffed animal to hug). Shambaugh Elementary School will have a free-throw shooting contest in each gym class throughout the week. A winner will be chosen from each day and announced Friday. Students will also participate in spirit days: Monday Sock it to Drugs (mismatched sock day); Tuesday Team up Against Drugs (team jersey day); Wednesday Put a Cap on Drugs (crazy hat day); Thursday Follow Your Dreams (pajama day); Friday Wear Red Day. Shawnee Middle School will give each student a bookmark with a list of anti-drug activities and will hold a daily raffle drawing where students can win a variety of prizes promoting a drug-free lifestyle. The school will also have daily spirit days with drug-free themes. Finally, the school will have a door-decorating contest. Each first-period class may decorate the outside of their classroom door with a drug-free theme. Prizes are awarded at the end of each week for each grade level. At Washington Center Elementary School, teacher will be given red ribbons and students will make a red paper chain on Monday. Each link of the chain will have a students' name symbolizing "Let's Band Together Against Drugs." On Tuesday, students will be encouraged to wear their shirts backwards for Turn Your Back on Drugs Day. Students will receive "Happy to be Drug Free" temporary tattoos on Wednesday. Thursday is Wear Red Day, and all students will receive a package of Smarties candies on Friday because "Smarties Don't Do Drugs." Forest Park Elementary School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 29-Nov. 2 with a poster and essay contests with prizes going to the top writers and classes. The school's theme is "I'm Bugged By Drugs." All students will receive a bracelet to wear during the week, and students will participate in spirit days: Monday Wear Red Day; Tuesday Hat Day; Wednesday (Halloween) Costume PJ Day; Thursday Backwards Day; Friday Spirit Wear Day.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.