Red Ribbon Week - October 23rd - November 1st
Red Ribbon Week kicked off on Friday, October 23, 2015 with the annual tabloid in the newspaper being released. In addition, schools began decorating and getting ready for the events that would take place the following week. On Saturday, October 24, 2015, the annual Parade of Schools and Zoo-to-Boo Family Fun Day were held. Because of the expectation of severe weather, the Zoo-to-Boo Family Fun Day had to be cut short.
At the beginning of the week, students were given red ribbons to wear all week with the slogan, "Shine your Light! Do what's Right! Be Drug-Free!" on them. On Monday, October 26th, students across the parish were encouraged to show their stance against bullying by wearing orange and signing anti-bullying pledge cards. On Wednesday, October 28th, students were asked to wear red to show their stance against drug and alcohol use and abuse. On Friday, October 30th, students were asked to wear their Red Ribbon t-shirts which displayed the winning artwork for the annual Red Ribbon Drawing competition. Law enforcement, D.A.R.E. officers, K9 Lady and her handler, the Crime Dog McGruff, 911 employees, and the St. Mary Parish Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator visited elementary schools across the parish. Students were given safety tips, educated on the ill effects of drug and alcohol abuse, and left with a sweet treat to remind them that they should always "Shine their Light! Do what's Right! and Be Drug Free!"
Red Ribbon Week wrapped up with the annual Motorcade which is also known as "Operation Red Light." It looked as though the weather might cause the event to be cancelled, but in the end the Motorcade rolled as planned. Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Search and Rescue, First Responders, and several other public service agencies began the motorcade in Amelia and traveled across the parish to Glencoe Charter School for lunch. All in all, this Red Ribbon Week 2015 was a huge success! The hope is that the messages that were shared during the week will be carried into the everyday lives of our students, schools, and communities.