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Red ribbon week at Ocean County
October 30, 2008
During the week of October 20th, the New Road School of Ocean County celebrated Red Ribbon Week in an effort to impress upon our students the importance of remaining drug, alcohol, tobacco and violence free. Red Ribbon Week brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States. During the week students learned about drug and alcohol prevention skills and also participated in social skills lessons focused on respect, tolerance, anger management, conflict resolution and school safety.
Each morning of Red Ribbon week, following the Pledge of Allegiance the students recited the following pledge: “I pledge to be drug and violence free because I know that drugs and violence are bad for me, my school, and my country. I say “NO” to alcohol, tobacco and other harmful drugs because they contribute to violence. The best choice for me is to stay drug and violence free.” Each student also furthered their commitment to staying drug and violence free by signing a “Too Smart to Start” banner which was prominently placed in our hallway.
Students also designed posters for a poster contest indicating what being drug, alcohol, tobacco and violence free meant to them. Awards were handed out to the winners of the poster contest. The creative and varied posters now decorate the hallways of the school.
Special thanks to Mrs. Keelen, our school nurse, and Mrs. Licchio, our school social worker, for organizing a Red Ribbon Week filled with fun and educational activities.