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Drug awareness the focus as Red Ribbon Week begins

Events planned throughout month at local schools

Posted: October 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Junior high schools in the Santa Clarita Valley kick off National Red Ribbon Week today with an array of activities that carry on through December and pair with other national programs.

Red Ribbon Week, a national drug-awareness campaign as well as a long-standing William S. Hart Union High School District program, invites students to wear red ribbons to pledge a drug-free lifestyle.

The program comes at a time in the school year brimming with activities, some nationwide and some specific to the Hart district.

Mix-It-Up Week, a national campaign by Teaching Tolerance on Diversity, also runs through October and November across campuses.

“A lot of our schools have different events to mix together students that wouldn’t normally hang out or meet each other,” said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the district. “The kids are really getting creative. They’re getting to know other students that wouldn’t typically cross their paths.”

Red Ribbon and Mix-It-Up activities are designed to do just that, providing a perfect intersection for the two programs.

Under a giant banner, Sierra Vista Junior High School students clothed in red will write down their commitments to anti-drug lifestyles and submit them for gifts and key chains on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.

Embracing election fever, Rancho Pico Junior High School will entertain a week of events with the theme “I’m Voting for a Drug-Free Future” from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.

Daily spirit days encourage students to wear jerseys, neon colors, costumes and crazy hairstyles in accordance with daily anti-drug themes. The Sierra Vista week culminates in the creation of a “human-sized” red ribbon.

La Mesa Junior High School will celebrate Red Ribbon and Mix-It-Up weeks with a drug-free and healthful lifestyle event lineup Nov. 5-9. Kids can “Tug Against Drugs” in a lunchtime tug-o-war and “Splash the Staff” in a water balloon throw to raise money for the anti-drug club, Drug Free Youth in Town.

A group of 50 students from each school in the district will attend the DFYiT (pronounced “defy it”) Youth Summit at the Santa Clarita Activities Center on Oct. 24.

The session will include team-building activities and planning for anti-drug promotion at each campus.

DFYiT, a student-based drug awareness program and club that launched in Hart district schools this year, will host most drug-awareness activities on high school campuses.


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