During the week of October 23-31 Sylvania and Holland schools are celebrating Red Ribbon Week. This week long campaign is designed to raise awareness about the need for tobacco, alcohol and other drug and violence prevention, as well as early intervention and treatment services available in the community.
Drug awareness in the elementary schools.
It’s never too early to start equipping our children with knowledge about the dangers of substance abuse. Many local elementary schools have fun programs designed to inform their students about the hazards of substance abuse. For instance, students at Holland Elementary in Holland, Ohio have a football themed program titled “We are Winners”. According to Gary Devol, school principal, their program includes “classroom activities that highlight how they can be winners without using drugs.”
Junior high students gear up for the festivities
Junior high school students in Sylvania have a fantastic week planned. To spread the word about the dangers of drug abuse, students at McCord Junior High will hear a presentation by Todd Crandell. Mr. Crandell will share with students his inspiring journey from a life of drug abuse to competing in triathlons. In addition to their drug prevention program, students at McCord have an exciting spirit week planned where they are encouraged to wear spirit themed clothing with a message, such as “dress as your twin/triplet day to keep your friend away from drugs.”
Raising Awareness with high school students
In addition to educating students about substance abuse intervention and treatment options, students at Southview High School in Sylvania are reaching out to the community to help raise money for Sylvania Community Action Team (SCAT). Their fundraiser, titled “Give Drugs the Boot” involves filling a firefighter’s boot with cash donations.