NEISD campuses celebrate Red Ribbon Week
Campuses across the district celebrated Red Ribbon Week with various activities to help educate and encourage all students to be drug free. Please browse this list or jump to a particular campus: Camelot, Driscoll, Garner, Jackson, Johnson, Oak Grove, Reagan, Roan Forest, Serna and Stone Oak.
The Spurs Coyote arrived to an enthusiastic student body at Camelot Elementary School to celebrate Red Ribbon Week and pledge to be drug free. The Camelot Knights were presented with the Coyote’s signature anti-drug message and encouraged to stay healthy and strong so they can achieve their dreams. The coyote motivated the children with engaging antics, fun basketball skills, and The Spurs Coyote also played a game of one-on-one with Principal Wilma Payne.
"I love seeing the kids so motivated and inspired to do well in school," says Mrs. Payne
It’s not every day an elementary student gets a chance to see a real silver Olympic Medal. The Camelot Knights were treated to a visit from Leo Manzano, who won the silver medal at the 2012 summer Olympics and now does motivational speaking to help children stay in school. Manzano inspired the students with his story of succeeding against all odds.
"Relating his childhood experiences and the obstacles he overcame, his story truly resonated with each person in the room," said Erika Vidalez, counselor. "It is a touching and motivating story."
By stressing how important a good education and staying positive is, he was able to help the students see their unlimited potential. Each student also received an autographed picture of Manzano at the Olympics.
During the week of October 22 - 26, Driscoll Middle School celebrated National Drug Awareness Week, otherwise known as Red Ribbon Week.
Red Ribbon Week is a national, school-based event honoring Enrique “Kiki” Camerena, a DEA special agent who lost his life fighting the war on drugs. Parents in Illinois and Virginia launched the first Red Ribbon Campaign, hoping that it would serve as a reminder of Camerena’s sacrifice and encourage others to take a stand against drug abuse and violence. Today, millions of Americans across the nation proudly wear red ribbons in October as a symbol of their commitment to make America drug-free. This year, Driscoll planned a different theme for each day of Red Ribbon Week.
Monday - “Elect to be Drug Free!” Everyone will wear red, white, and blue and vote to be drug free by signing a ballet.
Tuesday - “Focus on the future-Stay in the Game, Be Drug Free!” Students and staff will show their commitment to staying drug-free by wearing team jerseys and college T-shirts.
Wednesday - “Team Up against Drugs!” Everyone will demonstrate that they are teaming up against drugs by dressing up as twins. (SEE PHOTOS BELOW)
Thursday - “Sock It to Drugs!” by wearing crazy socks.
Friday - “Say Peace Out to Drugs,” by wearing peace signs and tie dyed clothing.
Parents were encouraged to participate in Red Ribbon Week activities.
Garner Middle School students kicked off Red Ribbon on October 15 with special guest speaker Alexis Moreno, Tobacco Education Specialist from the San Antonio Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, who provided a campus assembly.
Moreno educated students in all grades on the dangers of alcohol and drugs.
"The presentation was a wonderful start to Red Ribbon Month," said Martha Diaz, family specialist.
Garner is also hosting an essay writing contest and a poster contest regarding this year’s theme: “The Best Me is Drug Free.”
Jackson Middle School held Red Ribbon Week activities October 9 - 12, 2012. Jackson held events for students all week, such as "Slam Dunk Drugs are Junk," essays, art projects, and prizes for students who participate during lunches. Jackson parents, students, and staff were invited to the school's seventh annual SAPD anti-drug presentation on October 9 at 7 p.m., followed by a "Walk of Lights" against bullying event on the track at 8 p.m. Childcare for children under ten years old was provided by Jackson PALs.
In addition to activities, each day held a different theme for students to wear various clothing items:
- Tuesday-students may wear a red shirt with uniform bottoms
- Wednesday-students may wear a funky hat
- Thursday-students may wear silly sunglasses
- Friday-students may support breast cancer awareness by wearing a pink shirt with uniform bottom
Fifty Johnson High School students visited Roan Forest Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 25 to serve on an interactive Anti-Bullying / Drug Panel. In addition to participating on the panel, Johnson students performed during lunch or assist Roan Forest students in the cafeteria.
The panel included Johnson dance team members, football players, members from other clubs/sports (baseball, band, etc), and cheerleaders. Questions were geared toward the following topics:
- Dealing with bullying/conflict
- Dealing with peer pressure
- Who to go to for help when help is needed
- How to become part of a positive group
For more information, contact Jennifer Segura at (210) 407-6800.
Back at their campus, Johnson students took part in their own theme days of "We WANT you to be drug free" and "Lay Down Drugs."
Oak Grove Elementary School celebrated their annual Red Ribbon Week October 22 - 26. They worked diligently to apply themes (e.g. In Synergizing Together, our Leaders Say No To Drugs.), pass out red ribbons to all community cars and neighboring areas, and promote a drug-free awareness campaign.
They concluded the week by coordinating a pep rally with the MacArthur High School cheerleaders and Mascot.
For more information, contact Vera Perez at (210) 407-5622.
The entire Reagan High School community took part in 'flash mob' style performance of "Thriller" during Red Ribbon Week to 'scare away drugs.' Following the Reagan vs. Johnson High School football game on Friday, Oct. 26, the community came together to dance in the stands.
The Serna Elementary School community celebrated Red Ribbon week, by celebrating living and giving on Thursday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m. Serna celebrated living by getting active and holding a mother/daughter kickball game and a father/son flag football game (pictured). The Serna community celebrated giving by kicking off a holiday food drive. Healthy refreshments were served.
"It was great to see parents, kids, and staff laughing, playing, and having a good time on the fields," said Jeff Price, principal. "We all work hard in the classrooms every day so it's nice to see us play hard too."
For more information, contact Peter Rangel at (210) 407-7200.
Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October. Stone Oak Elementary School observed Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 22 through Oct. 26 with the following activities:
- Monday: Wear a red shirt, hat or bow
- Tuesday: Wear your favorite boots to school
- Wednesday: Wear your favorite team jersey. Also, Motivational Productions will present their show "Count on Me".
- Thursday: Wear your shirt backwards or inside out
- Friday: Wear your "Bobcat Spirit Shirts'
Posted on September 5, 2012, last updated October 30, 2012