The Valley Stream Union Free School District Thirteen recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week, an initiative to bring awareness to drug prevention. During the week-long event, the District arranged multiple informative events.
Students at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School acknowledged Red Ribbon Week by each receiving a Bucket Filling Contract as part of their character education program. The contract symbolized the idea each student will fill someone else’s bucket by saying and doing nice things for them and being an “Upstander.” Other activities included a door decorating contest at James A. Dever Elementary School, which invited students to create drug free messages on their classroom door. The activity also created an opportunity for teachers and students to discuss taking a stand against drugs.
The national Red Ribbon Week campaign started in 1985 and has touched millions of lives around the world since then. Today, the campaign serves to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities in order to create a drug free America.