Students across Francis Howell School District recently learned about the dangers of drugs and alcohol as they celebrated Red Ribbon Week. The annual recognition week provides students with a variety of activities centered on drug prevention. Many schools also found ways to incorporate virtual activities into their week of learning this year.
Members of the student council at Francis Howell Middle participated in a recorded Zoom interview with an advocate from MADD (Mothers against Drunk Driving), that was later shared with the school community. During the interview, students heard from a mother and daughter who lost their son and brother in a car accident due to a drunk driver.
In addition to the MADD video, student council members also interviewed School Resource Officer Scott Ginnever, where they had the opportunity to ask questions about drugs and alcohol, as well as his experiences dealing with individuals under the influence. Castlio Elementary also shared educational videos with students that touched on a variety of topics. Officer Chad Thorp with the S.T.A.R.T. Program sent in a video and discussed the overall effects of drugs, while Dave Knieb from Second Wind Lung Transplant Association shared the toll that decades of smoking had on his life. Superintendent Dr. Nathan Hoven shared a video with students encouraging them to “be happy, be brave, and be drug-free.”
While the week was full of learning and important conversations, students across the district participated in themed dress-down days, which are a Red Ribbon Week tradition. Even virtual students joined in showing their themed outfits from home.
Amanda Harrison’s virtual kindergarten class at Independence Elementary all donned sunglasses for “Let your health shine and stay drug free” day.
“They loved to participate and feel that connection, just like the in-person kids got to feel,” said Harrison. “We also had a lot of outfit changes throughout the day.”