Red Ribbon Week Goes Virtual

Posted on 11/10/2020
Principal Mr. Scholle dresses up as an 80s rocker for spirit day

Students across FHSD recently learned about the dangers of drugs and alcohol as they celebrated Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31. The annual recognition week provides students with a variety of activities centered on drug prevention. Some schools found ways to incorporate virtual activities into their week of learning this year.

Members of the student council at Francis Howell Middle School 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. The discussion brought to light the hurt family members’ experience after this type of situation and how it can impact both the victim’s family and the driver.

FHMS students participate in a zoom interview with SRO officer“The goal of the video was to pull at their heartstrings,” said FHMS Assistant Principal Kelly Longo. We want students to understand the impact drugs and alcohol can have and just how far that impact can go.” In addition to the MADD video, student council members also interviewed School Resource Officer Scott Ginnever. They had a chance to ask Officer Ginnever 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 even 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, it was also full of colorful and creative outfits. In the spirit of tradition, students across the District participated in themed dress-down days. Even virtual students joined the fun as they showed off their outfits from home.

Independence virtual classAmanda Harrison, a virtual teacher at Independence Elementary, snapped a picture of her kindergarten class wearing sunglasses on “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.”

Red Ribbon Week encouraged many important lessons and conversations that the District hopes students will take to heart.

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