This week is Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is brought about in schools across America to raise awareness about drug use. Red Ribbon Week primarily takes place at the end of October or the beginning of November. Schools all over do different things. This usually varies due to different grade and school levels. For example, in elementary school we would have an art competition and an assembly to make us aware of what exactly drugs are and the negative effect they can have on your life. Along with the art competition and assembly we would do a packet in our science class.The packet was very similar to the assembly in that we would talk about drugs and do activities revolved around drugs. As we grew older and went in to middle school the art remained, but the assemblies got a little more intense. The assemblies show cased pictures of people who had been doing drugs for a number of years and a side by side comparison of what they looked like before they started taking drugs and what they look like after years of taking drugs.
These assemblies also usually featured somebody who had started taking drugs, but was fortunate enough to get off them and turn their life around.
In high school we don’t do much for Red Ribbon Week except dress up. One thing that has remained similar through out the years were the bracelets. Each year every student gets a red bracelet that is like a pledge to not do drugs.