October 24-28 was Red Ribbon Week at schools across the country. Cherri Williams, counselor for Russellville Elementary/Middle School, helped coordinate the drug awareness educational week at the school. She said activities they did were their dress up days including Wear Red Day (Monday), Dress for Success Day (Tuesday), Team Up Against Drugs (Wednesday), Peace Out Day (Thursday) and Indian Pride Day (Friday).
"Wear Red Day," Williams said, "was just a way to start the week off with the national theme of Red Ribbon Week. On Dress For Success Day we wore our best clothes, to try and help the students realize a person cannot be successful if they abuse drugs. We wore our favorite jersey on Team Up Against Drugs Day, because most of the time people cannot quit drugs alone, they must have help. And, if we have the support of our 'team' of family and friends, we can avoid ever starting the cycle of drug abuse. On Peace Out Day, we wore tie dyed clothing and peace signs, to show that saying no to drugs is Groovy. And, Show Your Indian Pride Day, we wore our school colors of blue and white to help students develop a sense of pride in themselves, their community and school."
For more of this story check out the Nov. 2 issue of the California Democrat.