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Red Ribbon Week

The News-Examiner of Montpelier, Idaho

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The last week in October, the Bear Lake Schools participated in Red Ribbon Week. This week has been dedicated to helping kids be aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Each school had lots of dress up days and activities as fun ways to help the students remember the message. The Enough is Enough Anti Drug Coalition was able to give money to the schools to help them have memorable activities. Students made a pledge to not do drugs and hung their signed statements up to help show their commitment. On one day the students at each of the schools dressed in red. Other dress up days included Superhero day school spirit day, fake injury day, too smart for drugs day, Pjs day and others. Thursday was the costume parade at the elementary schools and many middle school and high school students wore Halloween costumes. The Middle School hosted an in-school dance on Thursday and Paris Elementary School used their Enough is Enough money to bring a magic show on Tuesday. Master Magician Theron Christensen out of Provo, entertained the students with a rope with three ends and only one middle, teaching them to pull coins off of their thumb and cutting a woman in half, all with the magic words "The best me is drug free."

Red Ribbon Week is an educational and entertaining way to help kids stay off of drugs, but one week is not enough to do the job. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to talk to their children about what they did for Red Ribbon week. Keeping the message in the students minds by engaging them in conversation and showing them the benefits of a drug free life are really the best ways to keep kids from getting into the habit of drug and alcohol use.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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