Students participate in Red Ribbon Days

Students participate in Red Ribbon Days by David Lias A variety of activities aimed at teaching young people the dangers alcohol and drug abuse have been conducted at Vermillion High School, Vermillion Middle School and the city's elementary schools all of this month.

December was declared Red Ribbon Month at the schools. The Vermillion High School Student Council and Natural Helpers helped conduct a variety of activities as the Vermillion School District joined in hosting Drinking and Drugged Driving prevention efforts.

Students made Chain of Life pledges Dec. 4-16, in which they pledged not to let impaired driving or substance abuse break the chain of life at the school.

Beginning Dec. 7, the schools began to sport red ribbons on light poles and trees, wrapping the schools as a giant reminder to all passersby to drive safe and sober.

Red ribbons were distributed to Jolley Elementary students Dec. 8. They were asked take them home and put them on their parents' cars.

"Smartie" candies were distributed to middle school students Dec. 14 in home base reminding students they are "too smart to drink and drive or use substances."

This week, a different theme has been included in the schools' announcements, with corresponding candies distributed at lunch time. On Monday, Dec. 18, "Smartie" candies were distributed. Students received Hershey kisses Dec. 19 (A kiss for someone who drives safe and sober).

Suckers were distributed Dec. 20 (Don't be a sucker � drive safe and sober).

Students received Lifesaver candies on Dec. 21, with the message "Savor life � holiday lifesaver weekend Dec. 22-24.

Special activities at Vermillion Middle School throughout the month of December included:

* Dec. 1 � Chain of Life.

* Dec. 11 � Wrap the school in red ribbons.

* Dec. 12 � Put a cap on substance abuse. Students wearing their red ribbons were allowed to wear caps in school. Information regarding substance abuse was shared with the student body.

* Dec. 13 � Sock it to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Students were encouraged to wear crazy socks and their red ribbons. A crazy sock style show was presented during lunch.

* Dec. 14 � Smarties turn their backs on drugs. Students showed that they can choose to be substance free by wearing their clothes backwards. High school students visited during lunch periods and distributed "Smartie" candies with a substance abuse message.

* Dec. 15 � Red ribbon day. Students were encouraged to wear red, and student council members tied red ribbons on the cars in the parking lots. Ribbons also were given to students to take home to place on cars.

This awareness week ended with a dance for Vermillion's seventh- and eighth-graders.

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