Last week, Mountain View Elementary, Liberty Bell Middle School and other Johnson City Schools participated in Red Ribbon Week in order to bring awareness to drug prevention among youth. The annual week-long Red Ribbon Campaign is a national event sponsored by the National Family Partnership. This year's theme was “Drug-Free Looks Like Me”.
“Each year during Red Ribbon Week, we unite and take a stand against drugs,” Mountain View principal Melissa Stukes said. “Each day, we have a theme and a spirit day that goes along with that theme. With everyone dressing alike and wearing similar colors, it shows our unity, not only as a school but in our stand against drugs.”
To start the week, Mountain View students, staff and teachers received red ribbons to wear. Throughout the week, Mountain View guidance counselor Jennifer Greer used her class time with students to teach lessons about focusing on safe and healthy choices to ensure that students can be the best version of themselves. Mountain View School Resource Officer Robert Edwards also spent time talking to classes about being drug-free and making good decisions.
At Liberty Bell, students were greeted with morning announcements that encouraged students to find the confidence to be themselves while making healthy choices and setting goals to work towards.
“For students, Red Ribbon Week emphasizes the benefits of living a drug-free lifestyle, and how making healthy choices helps one to achieve their goals in life while having fun in the process,” Liberty Bell Counselor Seth Johns said. “The dress-up theme for each day reinforces students' ability to uniquely express their own sense of style while showing their commitment to living a drug-free lifestyle and setting goals for their future.”
Other schools that participated included Indian Trail Intermediate and Cherokee Elementary. The National Family Partnership was created over three decades ago to serve as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
Theme schedule at Mountain View
- Monday, October 25th- “We are ‘red-y’ (ready) to live a drug-free life.”
- Wear red to kick off the week.
- Tuesday, October 26th- “Drugs Can’t Find Me.”
- Wednesday, October 27th- “Shining Bright Because I’m Living Life Right.”
- Thursday, October 28th- “Turn Your Back on Drugs”
- Wear your shirt backwards.
- Friday, October 29th- “Drugs Are Out of My Character”
- Dress as your favorite book character.