Through a series of themes from “crazy sock day” to wearing “all red,” students in the Seaford School District showed their support for the national prevention awareness campaign Red Ribbon Week and pledged to lead healthy lifestyles void of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
At Seaford Middle School, Red Ribbon activities focused on the theme, “I Elect to be Drug Free.” Students wore red, white and blue to show the spirit of an election year while displaying their choice to stay away from drugs. Throughout the week, students also wore jeans for “I’m a Jean-I-Us-I’m Drug Free” day , crazy hats for “Put a Cap on Drugs” and sweats for “Staying Drug Free is No Sweat” day.
The middle school students signed pledges to be drug-free that hung on huge red ribbons in the cafeteria. Club members from Students Against Destructive Decisions also made posters and broadcast daily morning announcements with a fact or statistic about alcohol and other drugs.
Activities at both the Seaford Harbor School and Seaford Manor School centered on safety and how to make good choices. Age-appropriate lessons, reinforced with puppets and songs, were delivered by the Child Abuse Prevention Services, the Nassau County Police Department and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
Topics such as, “Cybersmartz,” how to “Steer Clear of Bullies” and “Too Good for Drugs” were presented. Teachers performed a puppet show for third and fourth graders called “Nic and Friends,” to illustrate the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol. At Seaford Manor School, students also planted red tulip bulbs as a symbol of making good choices and leading healthy lifestyles.