Staff and students throughout the West Hempstead Union Free School District participated in several activities and lessons to honor Red Ribbon Week, which was observed from Oct. 22 to 26.
Students and teachers at Cornwell Avenue School wore red on Oct. 22 to kick off the week. The following day, students wore crazy hats to symbolize “putting a lid on drugs.” On Oct. 24, students wore team jerseys and shirts in an effort to “team up against drugs” while students wore pajamas the next day for the theme of “your choices are key to your dreams.” The week concluded as everyone wore the school colors of black and gold to demonstrate that Cornwell Avenue is united in making healthy choices.
At the middle school, students took part in signing a Red Ribbon Pledge Banner on Oct. 22 as a promise to stand up to drugs and make healthy decisions. Red ribbons were then tied to the fences outside of the school to spell out “Rise Up,” the school’s motto to rise up against drugs and bullying. On Oct. 24, members of the high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club visited middle school classrooms and led a version of Bingo that centered on positive decisions.
In addition, through the SADD club’s efforts, a damaged car was displayed outside the high school to simulate the scene of a drunk driving accident. The car was meant to symbolize the consequences of bad decisions such as drinking and driving. On Oct. 26, students took part in activities in the school’s lobby while wearing impaired vision goggles to show the effects of alcohol.
Compiled by Nakeem Grant