Bryan Middle Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Posted on 11/08/2018
Bryan Middle students dress in Halloween costumes for Fall Dance

Bryan Middle School recently observed Red Ribbon Week, a great opportunity to teach students about the dangerous effects of drugs and alcohol. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, listen to speakers, and learn lessons that promote a drug-free life.

The students kicked off Red Ribbon Week by watching the website’s award-winning documentary “The Truth about Drugs.” Science teachers also dedicated part of their class periods throughout the week to teaching mini-lessons on various drugs. Sixth graders learned about inhalants, nicotine, and “Juuling.” Seventh graders discussed painkillers and alcohol abuse, and eighth graders learned about heroin and marijuana.  Sixth grader Gavin Schlatter shared his thoughts on the lessons and discussions from the week. “I think it helps kids know what drugs are because sometimes kids will get into drugs and not know the end-game consequences of you could lose your job, friends, everything like that.”

Along with the individual lessons, all science classes gathered in the Learning Commons at the end of the week to listen to guest speaker Bob Hicks from the Crossroads Program, who shared his story about drug addiction. “I hope that hearing personal stories about battling drug addiction stays with them and guides them in their future decisions,” said Carmen Wieher, a science teacher at Bryan.

Outside of the classroom, the Student Council organized several different initiatives, including hanging educational posters around the school and distributing “Living Drug-Free” red silicon bracelets to everyone in the building. Students who wore the bracelet each day had the opportunity to win a raffle item during lunch with a drug-free message on it.

Bryan Middle students dress in Halloween costumes for Fall DanceEach of the efforts throughout the week provided students with the opportunity for conversations and awareness around these important topics. Wieher, who helped organize the Red Ribbon events, emphasized the importance of sharing the truth regarding drugs and addiction. “Most people that are offered drugs were initially approached by someone they know or even trust. This often makes it difficult to make good decisions. I believe understanding the truth about drugs and the impact of addiction is super important to adolescents.”

After a week of education and lessons, Bryan Middle ended Red Ribbon Week with a fall dance. Students dressed in their Halloween costumes as part of that day’s theme “don’t let drugs disguise who you are.” Seventh grader Avery Guisinger appreciated the end to Red Ribbon Week because it shows the students “the more fun things you can do than doing drugs.” The students spent that afternoon laughing, dancing, and focusing on simply being kids.

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