McGruff Kicks off Red Ribbon Week!

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Photos courtesy of Stacy McCally
Photos courtesy of Stacy McCally

McGruff and Officer Kim helped kick off Red Ribbon Week on Monday. During Spirit Meet, students were treated to a surprise visit from McGruff. McGruff, who is famous for saying, "Take a bite out of crime," launched Red Ribbon Week which Springs School will be observing October 24-28th. P.E. teacher John King planned the festivities this year.

Each day will have a special theme that brings attention to making healthy choices and staying drug-free. Monday kicked off the week with "Wear Sunglasses Day to SHADE out drugs" and students in grades Kindergarten through third attended a presentation, "Making Healthy Choices" with Officer Kim. 

Tuesday will be "Put a Cap on Drugs" day with students wearing hats during the school day, and students in grades fourth through sixth will attend a cyber safety presentation by Mr. Hallman. Wednesday will be "Crazy Sock Day," where students will "Sock it to Drugs." Thursday will be "Jersey Day," where students can wear their favorite jersey to signify "say yes to sports and no to drugs." The week will end with "Wear Red Day" on Friday where students are encouraged to wear red. There will also be the annual ribbon decorating contest for grades K-5, with the winning class winning a pizza party!

The National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth began the Red Ribbon Campaign in 1985. The campaign began in response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Agency agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico. People began to wear satin red ribbons to bring awareness to Mr. Camarena's death and to the importance of the work he, and others like him, did. Red Ribbon Week is an effort to bring awareness to children of the importance of staying drug-free and leading healthy lives.