Thousands of NISD students saw red in schools when they celebrate Red Ribbon Week 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.
Zachry MS celebrated Red Ribbon Week with many activities and dress up days. Students kicked off the week with camouflage shirts to show their pride in the war against drugs. Other dress days included crazy sock day, dressing up in your “dream“ career attire, along with sports and hat days. Pictured are the 8th grade girls’ volleyball team pledging to “Team Up” against drugs.
The Counseling Department at Brandeis HS talked to students on the dangers of drugs through fun themes that were created by Student Council members. Themes included a Star Wars Day with “Use the Force to stay away from the Dark side of drugs” and a Super Hero Day with “It doesn’t take Super Powers to Say No to Drugs!” Students also donated their loose change to The San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SACADA). Pictured are Brandeis Counselors (from l-r, front row) Jennifer Trevizo, Elizabeth Flores, Vanessa Juarez, and Valier Martinez, and (back row) Belinda Cisneros and Teri Diaz.
Students at Fisher ES had a special visitor during “Fisher Frenzy,” a culminating activity to Red Ribbon Week events. McGruff the Crime Dog and members of the San Antonio Police Department were on hand to say “Boo to Drugs.” Students paid $1 to wear Halloween costumes and the money raised went to the non-profit organization, Mile Strong Kids. Pictured are (from l-r) first grade teacher Rebecca Rodriguez, McGruff the Crime Dog, first grader Ryliegh Palafos, and SAPD Officer Bryant Soldevila.
Students at Raba ES rounded out their Red Ribbon Week with a Book Character Parade – their largest to date. “At Raba ES, we want our future leaders to reach new heights and be successful leaders,” said Laurie Olive, literacy specialist. “Literacy is a positive outlet for our future generations.” Pictured are third grade teachers Ellen Christoph, Melissa Segovia, Brandi Ybarbo, Dori Villarreal, and Kimberly Montez.
Construction Careers Academy
Pictured is Deante Crittenden, a senior at Construction Careers Academy, modeling the school’s theme for the day during Red Ribbon Week – “stomp out drugs, wear western attire.”
Teachers and students at Behlau ES decorated their doors as part of activities for Red Ribbon Week, and students were awarded participatory surprises. Pictured is Isaiah Orozco-Rosas, a first grader in Kelly Hardin’s place showing that “students care and will show others that drugs are despicable.”
Students at Ward ES showed off their favorite pajamas to demonstrate they have the power to dream big and achieve their goals by staying drug free. Pictured are (from l-r, front row) Santos Lara, Arley Yebra, and Allison Schooler; (middle row) Ariana Avalos, Logan Bulsterbaum, Faith Crim, DJ Brown, Nathan Longoria, Gabby Lara, and Wesley Schooler; and Sienna Guajardo, Isabella Lara, Principal Sunday Nelson, Tori Burton, and Kailey Longoria.
Students and staff at Boldt make a #drugfreepledge to live a healthy life after hearing a presentation by the Code Red Task Force. The task force is led by DEA agent Armando Talamantez and his team, along with DEA analysts and the Military Task Force. Pictured with McGruff, the Crime Dog are Lisa Castillo, 5th grade teacher; Sierra Rodriguez, 4th grade student; Isabella Hernandez, 5th grade student; Melissa Martinez, 4th grade teacher; Oscar Martinez, 3rd grade student; and Richard Austin Escobedo, 5th grade student.
Jefferson MS staff and students “partnered up” with a friend to show that Jefferson Eagles “stick together” and support one another in the war against drugs and alcohol. Pictured are (from l-r) Monica Aguillon, counselor; and Maggie Carranza, ESL teacher.
Students and staff at McAndrew ES celebrated Red Ribbon Week by showing that everyone can be a “hero” by making good choices every day. The staff (pictured) dressed as heroes to show students that they plan to stay strong and have the power to stay drug-free.
Valley Hi ES
Valley Hi ES students celebrated Red Ribbon Week by showing that they will “sock it to drugs!” Pictured (from l-r, front row) Connor Dearinger, Makayla Jurado, and Juan Vallez; and (back row) Cayla Valdez, Hailey Pacheco, Aubree Espinoza, Gabriel Ramirez, Angel De La Cruz, Clinton McKee, David Casias, and Evan Garza.
Forester ES had a different daily theme for Red Ribbon Week. Monday was “Our Future is Bright” so dress in your career choice outfit, and Tuesday was an assembly on a “friendship adventure” with Ronald McDonald, etc. Pictured are students from grades K-5 modeling the outfits showcasing their future career fields.
The theme for Red Ribbon Week at Evers ES was “I love my Drug-Free selfie.” While students took their personal selfies and pledged to be drug-free. Pictured having some “selfie fun” are (from l-r, front row) second graders Joaquin Ucab and Mady Gonzalez; and (back row) Debra Putz, second grade teacher; Talia Hernandez, principal; and Oletha Vicks, counselor.
Carson ES & Marshall HS
Marshall HS band and cheerleaders joined forces with Carson ES during Red Ribbon Week. Pictured are the high school students sharing a message of the importance in staying drug-free during a school-wide pep rally.
With a message of “just say no to drugs” at Hobby MS are (from l-r, front row) Emily De Leon, Kara Hudson, Geremy Gutierrez, Blake Hooker, Christina Rodriguez, Isaiah Coch, Camp Dodds, Chloe Pfude, and Blake Carroll; and (back row) Deborah Perez-Gutierrez, Analisa Perales, Carolyn Dennis, Dillon Bercher, Rhiannon Drumm, and DJ Burke.