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South Orange MS ‘Red Ribbon Week’ Encourages Being Drug-Free

Red Ribbon Week at SOMS starts Monday!

Throughout the week of October 23rd – 31st SOMS students and staff will be campaigning and celebrating what it means to be drug free by participating in Red Ribbon Week. Read more and check out this contest here to become involved in your community!

What is Red Ribbon Week? It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon and our theme days/activities here at SOMS. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free America.

Your child CAN PARTICIPATE throughout the week by remembering the following SOMS theme days:

  • Monday, October 24th“Being drug free is no sweat!”
  • Students & staff will show their commitment to the cause by wearing sweatshirts/sweatpants.
  • Wednesday, October 26th“SOMS teams up against drugs.” Students & staff will show their commitment to the cause by wearing their favorite sports team gear. In class your child will watch a YouTube video related to the campaign.
  • Friday, October 28th – “YOLO. Be drug free.” 
  • Students & staff will show their commitment to the cause by wearing RED. Teachers will recite literature related to this topic.

Ask to see if your child was involved in the campaign! Here are some other events taking place in school:

  • In class, your child will receive a personal pledge as well as a copy to bring home to help start a discussion involving this topic before signing and returning back to school.
  • Sign the pledge here!
  • Anti-drug signs will be created to post on lockers, teachers doors, and to hang throughout school.
  • Students will be conducting morning announcements about the need to be drug and alcohol free.
  • Students will create a banner for each grade level to use as a pledge and reminder to be drug free. Ask if your child signs it!
  • Health lessons that focus on drug education.
  • A speaker from GASP (Global Advisors for a Smokefree Policy) will speak to students about the dangers of smoking.

Students will also have another chance outside of school to create their own one minute video explaining one or more of the following:

  • What does being drug free mean to you?
  • What did you learn from this years’ slogan, “YOLO (you only live once)! Be Drug Free!”
  • How do you show your commitment to being drug free?

Students may submit to Ms. Prall by October 31st

Thank you for your support and commitment to help! 

“Did you know? Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.”

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