I Am Drug Free” is the theme of the Red Ribbon Week campaign scheduled for Oct. 22-29 at Archbold High School.
Teachers Michelle Gladieux, Tracy Kuhlman, and Laura Bickel coordinated and arranged the program, which has a goal of going beyond education to emphasize the anti-drug and alcohol message.
The week kicks off with a speaker talking about “Sober Truth,” followed by an assembly.
On Monday, classes will integrate the anti-drug message into their work. English classes will write essays and poems on sober truth, art classes will work on sidewalk art depicting a drug-free message, health classes will design posters, which will hang around the school, while speech classes will write public service announcements, which will be played over the school public address system.
Students and staff are encouraged to wear red on Tuesday. The cafeteria will serve red food for lunch, social studies students will work on activities related to drugs and law, while the school’s mock trial team will read drug-related facts over the public address.
Science classes will host speakers on Wednesday, and the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will present anti-drug displays over the lunch period.
There is a two-hour delay in classes on Thursday. During the teacher in-service time, staff members will meet with a law enforcement officer who works in narcotics.
It is also pledge day, during which students will sign drug-free pledges during their lunch hours, with the assistance of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and cheerleaders. FCCLA students will make and distribute red ribbons, and a video will be shown presenting students with alternatives to drugs.
The week closes on Friday with more pledge day activities, and then a closing assembly. The three teachers promise “a big surprise” during that event.
The teachers said they have asked the Ridgeville Fire Department to park their red fire trucks near the school, businesses have been asked to decorate their storefronts with red ribbons, and churches and other community leaders have been invited to participate.
Tim Meister, AHS principal, complimented the teachers, saying Gladieux, Kuhlman, and Bickel developed the Red Ribbon Week on their own, on their own time.–David Pugh