This week our Prevention Specialists handed out over 9,500 stickers, pens and red ribbons in their schools. They worked with their Leaders in Training teams and school administrators to organize spirit week, sign the Pledge Banner, read the morning announcements, create banners, and host rallies and parades all to raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse.
The first parade organized was at Blasdell Elementary School. Prevention Specialist Julie Schaefer and Principal Linda Dansa encouraged all students to wear red on Wednesday, 10/25 and then held a parade inside the school for all the students to march in and take a stand against drugs.
On Thursday, 10/26 Prevention Specialist Lori Brown organized a rally at Maryvale Primary School and a rally at Maryvale Middle School. At the Primary School rally Buster Bison and WNY United SCAT Cat greeted students K-2. Special Agents from the DEA Brian Chella and Mark Gentile told the kids about Enrique Camarena and why we wear red ribbons. Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Nagely and Deputy Robert Galbraith and his canine partner Apollo talked about healthy, safe choices and how Apollo works to find drugs. Lastly, Lori read the story of “Little Red Ribbon Head” to the audience.
At the Maryvale Middle School rally the 7 & 8 grade band/orchestra performed “Dark Adventure” for the students as a way of giving students an idea that music can be a healthy choice instead of drugs or alcohol. Special Agents from the DEA Brian Chella and Mark Gentile again told the story of Enrique Camarena and the history of Red Ribbon week. Deputy Nagely spoke about dangers of drugs and Deputy Galbraith and his canine Apollo discussed their role in helping the war on drugs. WNY United staff and the law enforcement representatives then played the Red Ribbon Smart Choices game show with students. There was a 6th, 7th and 8th grade team who competed against each other answering questions about drug and alcohol use and abuse. The 7th graders won and proudly showed off their Drug-Free t-shirts!
On Friday, 10/27 Prevention Specialist Marcia Bohn worked with her LIT students from school #67 to organize a parade around school grounds with the kindergarten, first and second grade classes. Leaders in Training students were proud to lead the parade and dress as the Ready Freddy, SCAT Cat and Abbot the Alligator mascots and marched with the kids.
Check out the gallery of photos from all these events!