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North Royalton Students Find Creative Ways to Say No to Drugs During Red Ribbon Week
October 26 - 30, 2015 was Red Ribbon Week in the North Royalton School District. Throughout the week, students and staff found creative ways to say no to drugs and ultimately create a drug free lifestyle. Everyday students participated in activities to help convey this message of positivity and making healthy choices.

All across the district red ribbons were handed out on Monday and students wore red in support of this awareness. After Monday, each school had their own unique spirit days and catch phrases to carry this important message.

At Albion Elementary, Tuesday was “Follow your dreams” and students wore their PJ’s to school. Students wore neon colors and sunglasses for Wednesday’s “My Future is Bright” theme. On Thursday students were told to wear their favorite pair of jeans as a reminder to be a “Jean-ious” and make healthy choices. The week ended with “Catch a wave of a drug free life” with Hawaiian Day spirit day.

Valley Vista Elementary created the theme “We are PAWS atively Drug and Bully Free.” Tuesday was “Team up against bullies” and students wore their favorite sports team apparel. Not only were students teaming up against bullies but on Wednesday they were reminded to “Use your head! Don’t be a bully!” and were encouraged to wear a crazy hat or hairdo. Thursday was PJ day and students learned to dream, not do drugs. Lastly, Friday was “Say Boo to Drugs” and students we able to wear their Halloween costumes.

The Middle School switched up their spirit days and started the week with “Say Peace out to Drugs” with students dressing up in 70’s apparel. Then, Tuesday was wear red for the campaign followed by Wednesday’s “Be Crazy, Not Hazy” and students wore crazy accessories to always remember to have fun away from drugs. Everyone donned mustaches for “I mustache you not to do drugs” day on Thursday. The last day of the week was left for an important message of “Drugs are a Trick, Not a Treat” just in time for the students to wear their Halloween costumes and get excited for the holiday.

Students at North Royalton High School’s theme for Red Ribbon week was “Respect Yourself.” On Monday students decorated the school with positive quotes on post it notes. They also made signs about respecting yourself and hung them in the bathrooms rather than the busy hallways so students could read them. After school high school STAND (Students Together Against Negative Decisions) and middle school PANDA (Prevent and Neutralize Drugs and Abuse) students went roller skating. The STAND students also handed out glow sticks, anti-bullying and anti-drug bracelets to the PANDA students. On Wednesday, the STAND students held trick-or-treating and face painting after school.

Royal View Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon Week a week ahead of schedule. These students participated in various activities on Monday’s “Be the Best You Can Be” and the students wore red and took a pledge to make good choices. Tuesday was “Crazy Tie Day, Make Good Choices” and the students were invited to wear crazy ties to school. Wednesday’s theme was “Stay in the Game, for a Healthy Lifestyle” and the students donned their favorite sports team attire or team colors. Thursday was wear your favorite super hero top with the theme “Be Someone’s Super Hero” where students were taught to be an “Up Stander” to bullying and to make good choices. The week wrapped up with “A Happy Smile is a Healthy Smile” for school picture day where students were instructed to dress for success and bring their smile.

“The Red Ribbon is a symbol and reminder to make good, healthy choices, not just during this week but always,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka. “If we can establish these important messages with our students now, it will better arm them against peer pressure and other negative influences they will come in contact with later in life.”