Photo curtesy Sandra Hanson
TAKE A STAND—Student council members helps 1,200 Rosa Parks students make a Red Ribbon out of silhouettes of their hands.

Student council members spend time at Rosa Parks Elementary
WHS students help recognize Red Ribbon Week


By Cyler Melvin, Zach Heins and Trevor Burkhart


Warrior student council members visited Rosa Parks Elementary School last week during Red Ribbon Week. 

Student council members including seniors Topher Zahn, Carson Buell, Taylor VanderVelde and Jena Mitchell; juniors Libby Nachtigal, Marlene Valdovinos, Joe Simko, Sophie Neiman and Sarah Snelling and sophomores Abbie VanMeeteren and Megan Richardson visited the school last week during Red Ribbon Week which began Oct. 23 and continues through Halloween nationally. 

Red Ribbon Week was established by the National Family Partnership (NFP), formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, as a grassroots, nonprofit organization in 1980 by a handful of concerned and determined parents who were convinced they should begin to play a leadership role in drug prevention. Since its founding 30 years ago, NFP has devoted its efforts to the well-being of youth. Today, NFP is a national leader in drug prevention education and advocacy. 

Since 1988, the National Red Ribbon Campaign has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. The Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.

The student council members helped Rosa Parks students trace their hands and cut-out silhouettes of them. Around 1,200 hands were then combined as a school to make a large red ribbon. 

Neiman said it was an interesting experience. 

“It was very fun to work with all the first graders,” Neiman said.


 

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