Students Participate in Red Ribbon Activities

Students Participate in Red Ribbon Activities photo
East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School, along with schools around the country, participated in activities designed to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention during Red Ribbon Week.  

The National Red Ribbon Campaign promoting drug awareness began in 1988, following the 1985 murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. Angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the death and destruction caused by drugs in America. Since then, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. To celebrate Red Ribbon Week, the school hosted a variety of awareness activities to tackle many of the tough issues concerning illegal drug use. 

Social worker Kristen Mednick visited the middle school advisory classes to discuss the risks and potential consequences of common substances abused by teenagers. All seventh- and eighth-grade students participated in an engaging group lesson designed to increase student knowledge of the risks of legal and illegal substances. Students Against Destructive Decisions members sponsored the Red Ribbon Week What’s Your Anti-Drug substance abuse awareness poster contest.  Middle school students designed posters depicting something special or important in their lives that stands between them and using drugs. Students and staff also wore red ribbons to show their support throughout the week.