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City, school team up to promote anti-bullying, drug-free lifestyle during Red Ribbon Week

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 Sulphur Springs Independent School District, like many schools across the country, will observe Red Ribbon Week with activities promoting anti-bullying and drug-free lifestyles. What’s different this year, which SSISD Director of Elementary Education Betty Lawson

says the district is excited about, is that it coincides with the city of Sulphur Springs’ designation of Oct. 20-26, 2013 as Red Ribbon week.

Sulphur Springs Mayor John Sellers on Oct. 3 signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 20-26 as Red Ribbon Week throughout the city.

“This is the first year for a city-wide proclamation to coincide with the school. We are excited about this unified effort to diminish drug and alcohol abuse and for us — bullying, too,” Lawson said.

“It is imperative that visible, unified prevention education efforts by community members be launched to eliminate the demand for drugs,” the city proclamation notes of alcohol and drug abuse which have “reached epidemic stages” in the United States.

The proclamation encourages “business, government, parents, law enforcement, media, medical institutions, religious institutions, schools, senior citizens, service organizations and youth” to wear and display red ribbons during this week-long campaign to “demonstrate their commitment to healthy drug-free lifestyles.” The document further encourages all citizens to participate in drug prevention education activities not only during Red Ribbon Week, but all year long, making a visible statement that we are strongly committed to a drug-free Sulphur Springs.”

Lawson noted that students and staff will be involved in a number of activities, with different fun-themed activities scheduled at each campus to promote the theme “One School — One Goal — Bully and Drug Free.”

Students and staff at each campus from Early Childhood Learning Center up to middle school were given self-adhesive red ribbons with the theme Monday. At high school, red ribbons proclaiming “Wildcats are proud to be Bully and Drug Free” were distributed. Other age-appropriate items — including bracelets, pencils, bookmarks and stickers — are being supplied throughout the week to SSISD students to promote safe and drug-free lifestyle choices.

Sulphur Springs High School is having daily announcements about Red Ribbon Week and the importance of committing to drug-free and alcohol-free living, hosting a door decorating contest and having daily dress-up themes. The SSHS theater department will present a drama production with a drug-free theme, and a representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be speaking to various classes this week, as well.

ECLC, Lamar and Travis students on Wednesday are encouraged to prove “I’m a Jean-ius”  by wearing jeans and a red shirt. On Friday, they will “Team Up Against Drugs” by wearing Wildcat or school shirts to show school spirit. Travis students Friday are also encouraged to bring costumes to school to put on after lunch for a costume parade to “Say Boo to Drugs.” Thursday, ECLC will wear camouflage or Duck Dynasty T-shirts, beards, etc. to show “Hey, Jack! We are Happy, Happy, Happy to be a Bully Free, Drug Free School.” Lamar students will wear their favorite hat or camp for“Hats Off to Being a Bully Free, Drug Free School” Thursday, while Travis Primary wears crazy socks to “Sock It To Drugs.”

Other schools activities by campus include:

Bowie Primary School and 

Douglas Intermediate School

Wednesday —“Don’t Let Drugs ‘8’ You Up!” — Wear 1980s fashion. 

Thursday — “Drug-Free, the Texas Way to Be” — Wear western clothing. 

Friday —“Put a ‘Cap’ on smoking/drugs ... Capping off Red Ribbon Week” — Wear a ball cap or hat and spirit wear.


Sulphur Springs Elementary School

Wednesday —“Team Up Against Bullying” — Wear favorite team shirt.

Thursday — Wear Red Ribbons in support of Red Ribbon Week.

Friday — Wildcat Spirit of Kindness Day.


Sulphur Springs Middle School

Wednesday — Super Hero Day, “Join the League Against Bullying and Drugs!” — Wear super hero accessories. Buffy Coleman will be a special program speaker.

Thursday Costume Day — “Mash Out Drugs!” — Wear costumes. (No bloody or gory costumes or masks permitted.)

Friday — “Pledge Day” — Students will sign pledge posters in the cafeteria “To Never Bully and To Say No to Drugs.”




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