Laurel Schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week | Schools
This is a news release from Laurel School District
Teaching students to be drug free is a critical component of the Laurel School District curriculum. Each year, teachers and community volunteers work diligently to provide students with up-to-date information concerning illegal drugs, how to deal with peer pressure, and how to make healthy choices. Through the district’s Safe and Drug Free Schools program, students are exposed to a variety of topics. Some topics for Red Ribbon Week include “Drug Free is the Key,” “Don’t Monkey Around with Drugs,” “Good Choices, Good Character Bright Future,” “Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Drugs,” “Drugs Destroy Dreams” and “Dream, Believe, Achieve, Succeed.”
To celebrate Red Ribbon Week, the district is planning a comprehensive program to tackle many of the tough issues concerning illegal drug use. All schools will participate in an art contest that will focus on this year’s theme, “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.” Students and teachers will decorate entryways with the drug-free message. A judging committee will travel to all schools in the district and will select and overall winner on Tuesday.
“For the last few years, the decorating of our schools has been an exciting activity,” said Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator Shirley Martin. “This is done so that the students, as well as the community, know that we promote a drug free environment.”
“Last year’s overall winner for Art School of the Year was Laurel Middle School,” she continued. “We appreciate the wonderful job that all of our schools do to celebrate this special week.”
In addition to the school-wide art contest, Martin encouraged individual students and classrooms to participate in a K-3 Poster and Collage Contest and a 4-12 Poem and Essay Contest.
The Laurel Police Department has already been active in teaching sixth and eighth grade students through the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. Sgt. Shannon Caraway has been educating students about the dangers of drugs. D.A.R.E is an officer-based program that provides students the opportunity to interact with police officers, and learn many valuable lessons. Caraway said that the informative program is geared toward educating students about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, so they will be better equipped outside of school to make quality choices. Caraway added that her goal is to make the program fun and engaging while motivating students to lead safe and healthy lives.
All kindergarten through fifth grade classroom teachers are busy teaching the “Too Good For Drugs” curriculum to their students.