Can you feel the excitement in the air? Red Ribbon Week is almost here! During October 23rd - 31st, schools and communities across the country will celebrate living a substance-free lifestyle. Here are some fun ideas for making the most of Red Ribbon Week in your schools and communities!
Monday: Goal for It! Talk to your students about how substance-use interferes with reaching their goals. Students can name a short-term goal they’d like to reach by the end of the week. Display the Goal Setting Poster in your classroom to help your students track their progress.
Tuesday: Brain Science! Talk with students about the negative effects of substance-use on the developing brain and body and how they can protect their bodies as they grow. Hold a short essay writing contest for students to choose and research one negative effect of substance-use on the brain or body.
Wednesday: Bring it Home! Parents and caregiver influence is essential to helping students stay substance-free. Home Workouts provide great opportunities for students to share with their parents what they are learning about substance-free living. Choose one from your Too Good toolkit to send home with students or design your own.
Thursday: Around Town! Students who live substance-free are positive role models in their communities. Red Ribbon Week is a great time to encourage students to volunteer in their communities and help others see how passionate they are about making healthy decisions.
Friday: Happy, Healthy, and Strong! A big part of being a good friend is being a positive influence. Students can sign a cutout handprint to put on the classroom door in a pledge to a substance-free lifestyle that will illustrate pro-social bonding.
Looking for more? Check out Celebrating Healthy Choices! This one-week activity set for Grades K-5 introduces the fundamentals of social-emotional skills while building school connectedness. Kits include everything you need to organize your school-wide events: plans and scripts for opening and closing assemblies, fully scripted fun and engaging activities, and so much more!
However you choose to celebrate, here’s wishing you a fun and inspiring week! Let the countdown begin!