Dayton ISD celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Dayton ISD campuses celebrated Red Ribbon Week during the week of Oct. 22-26. Pictured are members of the Dayton High School staff.

Campuses in Dayton ISD participated in National Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 2226. Red Ribbon Week serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.

Each campus had various methods to spread the word about the prevention of drug use.  During their daily announcements, campuses were able to share facts pertaining to the harm of using drugs. As a culminating Red Ribbon Week activity, all elementary campuses participated in a Storybook Character Parade which focuses on students showing positive character traits.

Elementary students dressed up for the Storybook Character Parade for Red Ribbon Week.
Colbert Pre-K students were taught to say no to drugs during Red Ribbon Week.

At Dayton High School, there was a special visit by the Grim Reaper, played by Mrs. Crystal Holsinger, DHS Biology teacher. The Grim Reaper randomly selected 12 students to participate in a dramatization of the harmful impact of substance abuse in teenagers. The students who were selected wore a sign explaining how they perished because of their use of drugs or alcohol.

To emphasize their mortality, these students had to remain silent for the rest of the day as they continued to follow their class schedule. This visual reminder that substance abuse can take any type of student was a powerful message for all of the students at DHS.

“Student safety is always a number one priority for our district and we are glad that all campuses participated in the National Red Ribbon Week,” wrote Travis Young, executive director of Student Services, in an emailed media release.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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