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Red Ribbon Week promotes drug-free lifestyles starting next week

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Central Park Character Kids Team of Monett recently helped prepare for Red Ribbon Week activities that focused on the theme, "If You're Not Drug Free, You Can't Hang With Me!" Students who participated are pictured at left and include: Bailey Preston, Josie Allcock, Katie Kurima, Emily Webb, Natalie Wages, Brooke Lemaster, Katie Harry, Brianna Murphy, Shaylin Dalton, Kaylee Nava, Eric Young, Brady Wright, Jackson Brown and Brian Agans.
The annual Red Ribbon Week celebration and activities will be held at school campuses across the bi-county area. Planned activities promote drug and alcohol-free lifestyles with a focus on educating children on how to counteract peer pressure.

Monett Middle School will hold its activities Oct. 19 through Oct. 22. Monday has been named "Keep Life Colorful, Stay Drug Free," and all the students are asked to wear bright colored clothing. Tuesday will be "Tip your hat to being drug free" day with everyone wearing their favorite hat. Wednesday has been named "Be Part of a Drug Free Pair" day and students can dress as pairs such as Jack and Jill or as twins. Thursday will be "I am Pawsitively Drug Free" day with students wearing school colors or paw prints. Students will receive a pencil pouch with "Pawsitively Drug Free" printed on it.

A tailgate party will be held at the middle school on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Teachers will cook hotdogs, and there will be chips, dessert and milk served for lunch. There will be games in the gymnasium with music and decorations.

Central Park Elementary in Monett will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26 through Oct. 30. Monday will be declared as red ribbon day with students wearing red ribbons. Tuesday will be, "wear red and smile" day. Pictures will be taken of students wearing red and smiling. Wednesday will be "Wild About a Drug Free Life" day. Students are asked to bring a stuffed animal to school, and they will also receive a special sticker. Thursday has been declared "Wild, Wild West Day," and students will be treated to a special western style assembly entitled "Cartoons and Character" at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium. Students can wear western attire.

Friday is Cub Spirit Day, and students are asked to wear purple and gold to show pride in keeping their bodies healthy and drug free.

Monett Elementary School will host Red Ribbon Week activities Oct. 26 through Oct. 30.

On Monday, discussion will be held on making positive choices during the morning assembly, and students will be given "Paws-itively Drug Free" red ribbons to wear.

Tuesday will be "Stay in the Game Day - Be Drug Free" with students wearing their favorite sports team's clothing. Wednesday is "Join the Fight" where students will wear camouflage clothing to support in the fight against drugs.

Red day is Thursday with everyone wearing red in support of the cause. Friday is western day with a Cartoons of Character assembly with students encouraged to dress in western attire to meet Sheriff Quick Draw, aka Lyle Farquhar, who will be leading a special assembly.

Monett High School is participating in the "Battle of the Belt" Missouri Department of Transportation campaign this year in honor of Red Ribbon Week. The week of Oct. 26 through Oct. 30 will feature safety belt awareness as well as overall driver education. Tamara Black, a representative from MODOT, will visit the high school on Oct. 28 and Oct 29 during lunch periods. Black will be distributing material and demonstrations involving impaired driving goggles.

Purdy R-II Schools will use the theme "Don't Monkey Around with Drugs" during its Oct. 23 through Oct. 29 Red Ribbon Week. On Friday, Oct. 23, students will participate in "Wear Red Day." Monday will be "Follow Your Dreams: Don't Do Drugs" with students wearing pajamas. Tuesday is "Born Drug Free" with a contest of teacher's baby pictures. Wednesday is "Dress for Success," and students are asked to dress to impress. Completing the week is "Peace Out to Drugs" with students dressing in 60s attire on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Verona R-VII will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26 through Oct. 29 with an overall theme of "Say Peace Out to Drugs."

Each day of the week will be a dress-up day. On Monday, students will "Say Peace Out to Drugs" by dressing as hippies. Tuesday will be "Shade Out Drugs" with students wearing sunglasses. Wednesday will be pajama day for "Follow Your Dreams, Don't Do Drugs." Friday is "Sock It to Drugs" with students wearing crazy socks. Students at all grade levels will be completing lessons related to positive decision making and personal safety during this week.

St. Lawrence Catholic School of Monett will hold its celebration Oct. 26 through Oct. 30 beginning with "Say Goodnight to Drugs" on Monday. Students will wear their pajamas to school on that day.

On Tuesday, students will have wacky hair day for "Give Drugs a Whack. Wednesday will be "Drugs and I Don't Mix" with students wearing mismatched clothes. Thursday will be "Get the Word on Drugs" with a poster contest, and Friday is "Say Boo! To Drugs" with students enjoying a Halloween party.

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