Red Ribbon Week Comes to Marietta

Students throughout Marietta City Schools will make the pledge to remain drug-free as they celebrate Red Ribbon Week, October 23 – 31. The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the Nation and a way for people and communities to take a visible stand for healthy lifestyles.

Burruss Elementary is hosting a ‘dress up week’ with themed days such as Pajama Day and Hats Off day. Additionally, every student will be invited to sign the Red Ribbon Week pledge and a school banner, as well as to wear red ribbon week stickers.

Over at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy and Dunleith Elementary, students and staff will celebrate by wearing crazy socks and shoes – Dunleith’s principal, Jeff Mosley, says that the socks remind students that just like their “special” attire, they are special too and taking care of themselves and their belongings is a big and important responsibility. Students will be encouraged to eat healthily and take care of their bodies and brains.

The theme this week at Hickory Hills Elementary is “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug-Free.” Each day this week students will hear important information about being drug-free during Dragon News. The school is also hosting a Drug-Free Poster Contest. On Wednesday, students are encouraged to “Do Hugs, Not Drugs” by bringing a small stuffed animal to school.

On Thursday at Lockheed Elementary, students will dress up as their future career to promote the theme “My Future IS Bright: Drug-Free!!” Later in the week, they will “Team Up Against Drugs” by wearing team jerseys and college gear.

We all know “Real Heroes Don’t Do Drugs,” so Park Street Elementary is encouraging students to dress as superheroes this week. Sawyer Road students celebrated last week, giving drugs “The Boot” as they dressed out in western gear to usher in Red Ribbon Week.

Visitors may do a double-take at West Side this Friday when students show up in backward clothing, but just remember, they are “Turning their backs” on bullying and drugs.

The MCAA student council has named their celebration “Healthy Habits Week.” The Council solicited ideas from their classmates to determine what it means to be “healthy” and they will concentrate on how to keep their minds and bodies healthy.  During a pep rally on Monday, Atlanta United players were on hand for activities and reminders about the importance of physical activity.

A speaker from the Navy will present to Marietta Middle School students to encourage positive behavior, and at Marietta High, students will take the celebration into next week with a “Costume for a Cause” event on Halloween. Check school newsletters for more details.

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