Rowland Unified School District

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RED RIBBON WEEK CELEBRATED ACROSS RUSD OCTOBER 23-31

ROWLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

CELEBRATES RED RIBBON WEEK OCTOBER 23-31

 

ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – OCTOBER 21, 2008 – Red Ribbon Week is celebrated nationally every year between October 23 and 31 and encourages a drug-free community with various activities at schools across the U.S. The theme for Rowland Unified this year is, “Who’s Your Hero?” Students will study about historical and fictional heroes, as well as community helpers and every day heroes who are positive role models in their lives. They will be encouraged to become a hero by living drug-free and offering community service. Students will tag others who are their own personal heroes. Each school site has planned local events, some of which include speakers, assemblies, essay and poster contests, signing of pledges, and singing of drug prevention songs. Themed pencils and bracelets or ribbons will be distributed to all students. Pee Chee folders that feature the winners of last year’s Operation Safe Community sponsored art competition will be given to children in grades 4-8.
            District music teacher Laura Tovar has written a rap song called, “Heroes,” which has been provided to the schools and will be sung by children during the week. Students and parents will be provided with pledges to be drug free. Red ribbon T-shirts will be available for order. Schools are encouraged to include PTA and other parent groups in the planning the week.
            As a kick-off to Red Ribbon Week, staff from the Rowland Family Resource Center will distribute pencils and drug/alcohol/violence prevention awareness information at the Buckboard Days community event on October 25.

 (Below is summary of Red Ribbon School Activities across the District, along with information on the Red Ribbon Week Song "Hero," and Essay Contest.)

            For more information on Red Ribbon Week festivities for Rowland Unified, please contact Nancy Ballantyne, Drug Alcohol Tobacco Education Coordinator at

(626) 854-8359 or at nballantyne@rowland.k12.ca.us.

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