FWCS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week - October 17, 2008

Record Number: 4423
Displayed from: Oct 17, 2008 , until: Oct 31, 2008

Several Fort Wayne Community Schools will recognize Red Ribbon Week starting Oct. 20 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 FWCS, use Red Ribbon Week to reinforce the drug-free messages students are taught throughout the year. Here is a list of some of the activities going on in the next few weeks: - All students at Towles Intermediate School will receive a red ribbon. Students must wear ribbons to participate in spirit days: Monday Crazy Red Hat and Hair Day; Tuesday Crazy Red Backwards Day; Wednesday Crazy Red Retro Day; Thursday Crazy Red Pajama Day; Friday Tiger Spirit Day. Every day, the Student Council will educate students about the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use. The Student Council will also perform skits and coordinate lunch talks to reinforce educational messages. (Oct. 20 Oct. 24) - At Forest Park Elementary, students in grades three through five may enter an essay in response to this prompt: "Ask me how I'll stay drug free." Classes may choose to decorate the outside of their classroom doors, following the theme of Red Ribbon Week. Spirit activities will include: Monday Wear Red Day; Tuesday Patriot Day (wear red, white and blue); Wednesday Pajama Day; Thursday Hat Day; Friday - Preschool Grade two: Halloween costumes, Grades three-five: School Spirit Day. (Oct. 27 31) - At Shambaugh Elementary, each day will have a different theme: Monday "Sock-it-to-Drugs" with mismatched sock day; Tuesday "Team up Against Drugs" with team jersey day; Wednesday "Hooked on Books" while wearing red and reading a book; Thursday "Follow Your Dreams-Don't Do Drugs" with pajama day; Friday "Put a Cap on Drugs" with crazy hat day. (Oct. 27- 31) - Indian Village will plant hundreds of red tulip bulbs in Matt's Habitat, an outdoor lab dedicated to a 4th grade student who passed away two years ago. They will have another reminder of Red Ribbon Week in Spring! - Study Elementary is holding a door decoration contest. - Harris Elementary will mark the week with daily activities: Monday "Red Ribbon Day," when all students will receive a red ribbon and grades four five will have an essay contest on the topic "How I Can Stay Drug Free" and fifth grade students will put their handprints on paper to symbolize their pledge to keep their "hands off drugs;" Tuesday "Living Drug Free is No Sweat Day" when everyone may wear sweats to schools; Wednesday "I CAN Say No to Drugs Day" with students bringing a canned good to school for the food bank; Thursday "Wear Red Day;" Friday "Team up Against Drugs Day" while wearing favorite jerseys. (Oct. 20 Oct. 24) - Club Unified at South Side High School is making posters educating students about the dangers of drug abuse. The Student Council is making a banner that says "No to Drugs" in the many different languages represented at South Side, as well as hanging red ribbons that students have signed. - Throughout October, Elmhurst students have been signing pledges to stay drug and alcohol free, and they receive bracelets saying "NAND No Alcohol, No Drugs."

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.