Northside ISD students “just say no” to drugs

October 21, 2011

NISD schools will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 24-28 with rallies, parades, and special events to encourage children of all ages to stay drug-free.

Red Ribbon Week will culminate with a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. For more information and to find a nearby drop off site, visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website.

Red Ribbon Week has been celebrated nationwide since 1998, following the murder of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985.

Today, the Red Ribbon Week is used to raise awareness about the need for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services.

Northside ISD will hold a community Red Ribbon Rally from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Ross Middle School, 3630 Callaghan Road. The public is welcome to attend the event, which will include face painting and performances by NISD mascots, cheerleaders, and mariachis.

Mary Hull Elementary School is one of dozens of NISD campuses who have special activities planned for Red Ribbon Week. The school will hold its annual Red Ribbon parade and rally at 10 a.m. Oct. 28.

City Councilman and former NISD Trustee Ray Lopez will be the grand marshal. Other participants include the Jay High School Air Force JROTC, and the Jay marching band, dance team, and cheerleaders.

Mary Hull students already know the importance of staying away from drugs.

“Taking drugs won’t take you very far in life,” fifth grader Betty Lopez said. “You’re not going to be able to work in many places or have a job if you take drugs.”

“I don’t see why people do drugs,” fifth grader Joei Duran said. “It’s going to ruin their chances for living longer.”

In Northside ISD, Parent 411 Substance Abuse Awareness training is available to parents, caregivers, grandparents, and Northside community members. You will learn how to talk to your child about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, and how to get help.

Pictured (left to right) are Mary Hull fifth graders getting ready for Red Ribbon Week: Alyssa Jarnesky, Jesus Limones, Brianna Garza, Joei Duran, and Betty Lopez.