October 24, 2012, Story and slideshow By Abby Ebelherr, Students in District 27 are learning to say, “No to drugs,” as part of Red Ribbon Week. Several of the schools are participating in various activities that reinforce the idea that they are strong enough to make good decisions in the future.
Jefferson Elementary students decorated the doorways leading to their classrooms in various themes. Students helped their teachers come up with a slogan before creating festive pumpkins, scary spiders, or leaping frogs to hang on the doors. Most of the doorways lead out to the gym so all students, parents and guest can easily see. The slideshow is presented By ME Realty.
Students will dress up in various outfits depending on the theme of the day throughout the week. They will also receive such treats as stickers and candy for their hard work. Monday’s theme was “Follow your dream; don’t do drugs!” Students and teachers stayed comfortable in their pajamas as they went through their activities. Thursday, Tim Butterfield from the Lincoln Police Department will come speak to students at an assembly.
LD Resource teacher Shelley Eigenbrod applied for and received a $300 grant from the Health Department to help the school out with the event. She is very excited about the project and feels that it is important to the school.
Red Ribbon week is a national event held every October. It started in the late eighties in honor of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena who was killed by drug traffickers in retaliation for his help in busting a multimillion dollar operation.