As Red Ribbon Week at RBES comes to a close, I can't help but smile as I reflect on this past week. Our children are growing up in a nation with a drug problem. However, our community came together this week to help encourage our children to just say no.
Parents got up extra early and spent money and time to get their kids ready for each theme day this week. They took time to talk to their kids and answer their questions about drugs, addiction, and peer pressure.
Teachers and staff members did the same with their own kids, then came to school and helped students who needed it. Our staff this year couldn't have been more supportive as they did activities and gave group talks in their classrooms that supported this week. They let me interrupt their plans for guest speakers and Drug Free plays. But most importantly, they supported our kids, our community, and the movement to live in a Drug Free world.
Finally, our students. All I can say is, Wow! They were so supportive of this week. They dressed up, they put on plays, they participated in classroom lessons. They care so deeply about our community and to break the chains of addiction.
Every year, I have students tell me heartbreaking stories of how the addictions of loved ones has affected their lives. Kids pledge to never do drugs and to help their friends make positive choices. My hope is that one year, these stories will cease and that our kids will reap the benefits of community will truly be unaffected by the evils of Drugs and Addiction.
Christy M. English, Ed.S