Students learn about substance abuse

October 23-31 is nationally recognized as Red Ribbon Week and is another opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of substance abuse.
Richmond students will participate in awareness activities each day this week.
Monday is “Keep Your Head in the Game! Be Drug Free.” Dear students will enjoy wearing their favorite team jerseys. Red ribbons will be handed out to students at Sunrise Elementary and they will be encouraged to sign a pledge to be drug free. Officer Tracy Rogers will visit with second grade classes from 9-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday is “Tip Your Hat to Being Drug Free,” so look for more hats than normal on school grounds. Fifth grade students at Sunrise will try on the ‘fatal vision’ goggles, simulating the disorientation of intoxication, as part of an activity provided by the Richmond Police Department.
Wednesday is “Make Footprints Worth Following.” Students at Dear and Sunrise brave the cooler weather and wear flipflops for leaving proper footprints. A special VIP Luncheon will be held at Sunrise. Dear will have a balloon release at 1:15. Richmond Middle School students will observe “No Sweat” to avoiding drugs by wearing sweats or other exercise wear.
Thursday is “Be a Hero Everyday – Be Drug Free” at Sunrise. Students will wear camouflage. A special assembly will be held from 10 – 10:30 a.m. for third and fourth graders. Dear students will be participating in a costume parade at 8:10 a.m. in the front parking circle, so watch out for those goblins. RMS students will enjoy Red Ribbon Rally Day.
Sunrise classes and students may also compete in a poster/banner contest. Each grade level will have a winner. The winning class will receive a movie and popcorn party and receive $20 for their class. If students wear their red ribbon each day, they could have their name pulled from a special drawing and win additional prizes.
Parent-Teacher Conferences begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday. There is no school Friday and conferences will continue until noon.
In an age where violence is most often accompanied by substance abuse, the idea for Red Ribbon Week came about as the result of a 1985 murder of a Drug Enforcement Agent. The community where Agent Enrique Camarena lived took action.
Wearing red ribbons, they stepped out as a voice against illegal drugs and drug use. The next year, the California State PTA adopted the Red Ribbon Campaign. In1988, Red Ribbon Week became a nationally recognized campaign to raise awareness about alcohol, tobacco, drug prevention, intervention, and treatment services.

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