Local school districts are taking a stand against drugs by having students dress up and participate in Red Ribbon Week activities through Friday.

Local school districts are taking a stand against drugs by having students dress up and participate in Red Ribbon Week activities through Friday.


"It’s a national week and we want to make a statement that kids need to say no but also encourage others and family members to not be involved in those things," Denison ISD Superintendent Henry Scott said. "Our schools call attention to the problems of drug and alcohol abuse and what it can do to people and the damage it can do to families."


All Denison ISD campuses are participating in Red Ribbon Week except for B. McDaniel Intermediate School which celebrated last week. Denison High School organized dress up days this week for students to show their support of being drug free.


"Fired Up and RED-y to Say No to Drugs" started off the week with students wearing red Monday. "Be a Hero and Just Say No!" will feature superhero shirts Tuesday, "Give Drugs the BOOT!" encourages students to wear their boots Wednesday, "Declare War on Drugs!" is calling all students to wear camouflage Thursday and "Black and Gold Says NO to Drugs!" will end the week with Yellow Jacket gear.


"I see a lot of displays, banners and, of course, they talk about it in the classroom," Scott said. "It calls attention to the problem and it also makes it visible so others who visit the campus can see those displays during the week."


Because schedules varied on each campus this year, Sherman ISD schools organized the celebration of Red Ribbon Week for either last week or this week, Director of Communications April Patterson said. Jefferson Elementary School Principal Tammy MacDonald said she enjoys watching her students learn about being drug free through different activities.


"We also want them to understand the meaning behind the Red Ribbon and the theme, which is ‘respect yourself and be drug free,’" MacDonald said. "Every day there’s an instructional piece to go along with Red Ribbon Week. The teachers will do activities to help teach them what it means to be drug free."


Pottsboro Elementary School celebrated with "Hats off to Red Ribbon Week" by wearing a cap or hat to class Monday, "My Future is Bright, No Drugs in Sight" will allow students to sport their pair of sunglasses Tuesday, "Choose to Say No to Drugs" will feature students wearing red in honor of the campaign, "Stay in the Game" encourages students to wear their favorite sports shirts Thursday and "The Cardinal Way to be is Drug Free" will end the week Friday with Pottsboro ISD Cardinal shirts.


Both Gunter Middle School and high school are participating in the Week. Students wore red shirts and blue jeans to kick off the week Monday. "I love my selfie too much to let drugs shatter my dreams" will feature students wearing pajamas Tuesday, "Staying drug free is no sweat to me" allows students to wear sweats to class Wednesday, "Big league dreams — no time for drugs" encourages students to wear their favorite sports jersey or hat Thursday and students will finish the week with "Boo on drugs" which allows students to dress up for Halloween with appropriate costumes.


Whitesboro Elementary School students started off the week by wearing red Monday. The rest of the week features crazy hair and sock day Tuesday, superhero shirts on Wednesday, wear your clothes backwards Thursday and blue jeans and Bearcat shirts Friday.


Whitewright Elementary School students wore yellow or dressed like a Minion Monday. Tuesday will feature mismatched clothes for "Don’t get mixed up on drugs," Wednesday encourages camouflage for "You won’t see me doing drugs," Thursday is "Hats off to being drug free" and Friday is "Say boo to drugs" by wearing a Halloween costume.


Van Alstyne ISD students had similar theme days that encouraged them to wear crazy socks Monday. The rest of the week, students will have crazy hair Tuesday, be able to wear their favorite superhero shirt Wednesday, wear a hat or jersey for their favorite team Thursday and finish the week with Halloween costumes.


According to the official Red Ribbon Week website, the campaign started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered Drug Enforcement Administration agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. His death sparked the creation of Red Ribbon Week to work toward a drug-free country in the U.S.