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Wilcox Elementary School

2000 Hastings Road
Springfield, IL 62702

Red Ribbon Week

November 3, 2011

We had a very exciting month in October. The last week of October is Red Ribbon Week, where schools all across the United States teach students about being healthy and the dangers of substance abuse. In SSL lessons, we talked about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes. We also stressed the importance of taking medication correctly, which means only taking medicine that is prescribed for us and letting an adult administer the correct dose.

The fourth grade classrooms helped us put on four skits that the school watched on TV following our daily morning announcements. Our fifth grade students had a contest in creating a Red Ribbon Week poster.

The whole school participated by following our drug-free themes each day. On Monday, we wore hats to "Put a cap on drugs". On Tuesday, we wore crazy and mismatched socks to "Sock it to drugs." On Wednesday, we wore our shirts on backwards to show that we will "Turn our backs on drugs." On Thursday, we wore black clothing to "Black out drugs." On Friday, we wore red for "Red Ribbon Week."

We had our grand finale on Friday afternoon with an assembly, which was also our Mystery Celebration for the month. Students who were referral-free for the month of October earned this assembly. Our goal is to have at least 80% of our students earn this reward, and in October we had 89% of our students earning the assembly. Way to go Wilcox Wildcats!!

At our assembly, we announced the winners of our Poster Contest. The winners were: 1st place- Brandon D., 2nd place- Ally J. and 3rd place- Zach K. We then watched a movie with clips from the week of all of our students in their wacky themed clothes. We capped off our finale with a Red Ribbon Week Relay Race between Mr. Ruyle and Mrs. Burton's 5th grade students. Mr. Ruyle's students won the trophy and bragging rights. Students were then given a "smartie" candy as they left the assembly. The candy had a message on it... "Be a smartie- be drug free."