Thousands of NISD students are seeing red in schools this week as they celebrate Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 27-31) with rallies, parades, and special events to encourage children of all ages to stay drug-free.
Red Ribbon Week has been celebrated nationwide since 1998, following the murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Today, 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.
Here are a few examples of what schools are doing:
Mary Hull Elementary School is one of dozens of NISD campuses who have special activities planned throughout this week. The school will hold its annual Red Ribbon parade and rally on Friday, Oct. 31, an annual community event for the past two-plus decades. WOAI Chief Meteorologist Albert Flores will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal.
Melinda Valdez’s kindergarten grade class at Steubing Elementary School had 100 percent participation on wearing Red Day, Mustache Day, and Crazy Sock Day as part of their Red Ribbon Week activities. The kindergartner’s partner with third grade reading buddies from Rebekah Faulstich’s class and they are pictured saying “sock it to drugs with a circle of friends.”
The Taft High School Dance Team greeted Briscoe Middle School students on Monday to kick off Red Ribbon Week. The girls shared a positive “be drug free” message with the students via the Bengal Broadcast morning announcements.
In addition to the annual awareness campaign, NISD has Parent 411 – a website dedicated to substance abuse awareness training (and other helpful tips) for parents, caregivers, grandparents, and Northside community members. The training teaches how to talk to children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, and how to get help.
The District also has 397-SAFE, the NISD Safeline, a 24/7 anonymous phone and text line where information about unsafe conditions may be reported.