Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Students are Red-y to be Drug-Free

November 3, 2023

Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen recently observed Red Ribbon Week, with a series of themed days designed to promote drug-free lifestyles among students. The week-long event, which was filled with fun and educational activities, aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of drug use and encourage students to make healthy choices.

Dr. Judith LaRocca, Superintendent of Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen said “Red Ribbon Week provides an engaging way to talk to our students about serious issues. We’re incredibly proud of our students for their commitment to living healthy, drug-free lives.”

“We believe that it’s important to start these conversations early,” said Dr. Judith LaRocca, Superintendent of Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen. “Red Ribbon Week provides a fun and engaging way for us to talk to our students about serious issues. We’re incredibly proud of our students for their commitment to living healthy, drug-free lives.”

The week started with “Red-y to be Drug-Free” day, during which students were encouraged to wear red to symbolize their commitment to living drug-free lives. This was followed by “Be a Hero, Have the Power to Say No” day where students wore superhero shirts to symbolize their strength and resilience in the face of peer pressure. On “Follow Your Dream” day students wore pajamas to school to remind themselves that a good night’s rest will nourish their mind, body, and soul.

This year’s theme, “Be Kind to Your Mind” emphasized the importance of mental health in maintaining a drug-free lifestyle. Students created red ribbons and were encouraged to make pledges to stay drug-free, demonstrating their commitment to their well-being and the well-being of their community.

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign that takes place annually in the last week of October. It was started in 1985 and has since grown into a nationwide movement that promotes drug-free lifestyles among youth.