November 12, 2008 Edition

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Black Rock High School students signed the pavement to pledge to be drug-free as a Red Ribbon Week activity. Among them were (foreground, from right): Trent Morledge, Megan Jones, Nikki Howard, Bridgett Boeker, Callie Miller, Jason Harper, Brice Sluder and Shelby Simpson.

ZAD celebrates Red Ribbon Week

The Black Rock High School Zebras Against Drugs organization celebrated Red Ribbon Week with several activities.

On Monday, students from kindergarten through 12th grade were given red ribbons to wear, and members of the ZAD organization were also given wristbands to wear. ZAD members "Painted the Town Red" on Monday by painting anti-drug messages all over campus and on business windows in town.

Tuesday was Put a Cap on Drugs Day, and students wore caps. Wednesday was Too Colorful for Drugs Day, and students were encouraged to wear bright colors. In elementary, Mrs. Ashlock's kindergarten class and the fourth grade won a guessing jar contest in which they guessed the number of drug-free suckers in a jar. The class received the suckers.

Thursday was Pledge Day. Members of ZAD visited each elementary classroom and helped students sign pledge cards to stay drug free. In the high school, students made a large chalked pledge on the parking lot and signed it at lunchtime. Friday was Being Differently Drug-Free Day, and students dressed in Halloween costumes with a contest held in the gym at noon. ZAD members handed out Trick-or-Treat bags to the elementary students and emphasized the drug-free message which was on the bags.

Also, students in ninth through 12th grades watched a film entitled "Choices" during the week. "Choices" was a video project of the Arkansas State Police designed to engage teenagers in a discussion about the dangers of alcohol consumption and driving.

A drawing was held each day in elementary and high school, and students who were wearing their red ribbons with a number on them were given prizes such as basketballs, cups, Frisbees, pencils, bookmarks and water bottles with anti-drug messages on them.

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