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Croton Students Support Drug Prevention During Red Ribbon Week

Students had many ways of getting out the anti-drug message.
Students had many ways of getting out the anti-drug message. Photo Credit: contributed
Activities during the week included wearing tie-dye during Peace Out to Drugs Day.
Activities during the week included wearing tie-dye during Peace Out to Drugs Day. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students signed an anti-drug pledge during their lunch periods.
Students signed an anti-drug pledge during their lunch periods. Photo Credit: Contributed

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School and Croton-Harmon High School students in Croton-on-Hudson marked Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 26-30, with a number of activities that emphasized a drug prevention message.

“The CHHS Teen Leadership Council stayed late on Friday night preparing for Monday’s Red Ribbon Week kickoff, decorating the main hallway red,” said student assistance counselor Kayla Martin.

Teen Leadership Council members offered candy to their peers wearing red and sporting red ribbons at lunchtime on Oct. 26 and encouraged them to sign an anti-drug pledge.

Other themed days of the week included Save the Day from Drugs, where students dressed up as their favorite superheroes, Celebrity Role Model Day and Spook Out Drugs Day, held on the eve of Halloween, where students wore costumes for a contest run by the Spirit Week Committee.

“On Wednesday, (Teen Leadership Council members)changed over the decorations to black in honor of those who have lost their lives to addiction and those who are still struggling,” said Martin. “Students wore black to support the victims of alcohol and drug tragedies.”

Teen Leadership Council members at Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School encouraged classmates to band together against drugs by wearing red on Oct. 28 as part of the school’s Red Ribbon Week initiative.

Students signed an anti-drug pledge during their lunch periods before Teen Leadership Council members participated in “Planting the Promise” by sowing tulips, which will be in bloom in time for Alcohol Awareness Month in April.

Other activities during the week included wearing tie-dye during Peace Out to Drugs Day, and Team Up Against Drugs Day, during which students wore their favorite jerseys. On Put Drugs to Sleep Day, students wore pajamas.

The week ended with Spook Out Drugs Day, which required students to wear creative Halloween costumes for a chance to wear a prize during lunchtime.

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