Did you know teens who are exposed to campaigns like red Ribbon Week are 30 percent less likely to use drugs within the past month. This is just one small reason we at Olmstead School participates in Red Ribbon Week. We do not want to see teens from our school begin to do drugs at a later point in life.
We had a school wide assembly which was led by our Principal, Mrs. Bonnie Watson, Assistant Principal, Mr. Josh Matthews. Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Candi McCullough, family resource assistant, Mrs. Raquel Nash, school resource officer, Eric Evans and the Olmstead Rambassadors. During the assembly Mrs. Candi talked about the purpose of Red Ribbon Week. Officer Evans discussed the importance of being drug free. The Rambassadors told all the students about the themes for each day and dressed the part.
Also, to help kids want to participate each day they would participate, their name got put into a drawing to be drawn for a prize. The prizes that were won were college themed items, bottles of water and pencils.
We also had an assembly with Officer Matthews, Officer Bellar and the K9 dog. They told us about how to identify if something is a drug lab and to get away because of the dangers. They showed us what a blown up meth lab look like. We saw pictures of the harmful things meth can do to a person and their family. The officers also demonstrated how the dog can sniff out drugs.
Our themes were:
Monday- Wear your hat…Hat Day
(Hats off to being Drug Free)
Tuesday- Wear your favorite jersey or team spirit attire
(Team Up Against Bullying)
Wednesday – Wear college clothing or dress up as future career (My future is too bright for drugs)
Thursday- Wear Black/Orange School Colors
(One school…one goal… drug free)
Friday- Dress as a super hero
(Be a HERO… be drug free!)
We also conducted a can food drive to help provide for the people in our community. We will stock our food pantry and make Thanksgiving baskets for families with the donations. The top 3 classes that brought in the most can food and won a popcorn party sponsored by PTO were: Mrs. Dana Howard, Mrs. Sheila Washer, and Mrs. Kerri Hayes.
Our “finale” assembly consisted of many teachers and staff performing a dance to RESPECT. We were surprised!
Mrs. Candi McCullough summarized the meaning of Red Ribbon Week and had final drawings to win Red Ribbon tshirts. Mrs. Raquel Nash announced the winners of the popcorn parties.
Please remember to be drug free no matter what!