A Look Back at Red Ribbon Week

Awareness was raised in many different ways.

Red Ribbon Week is the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention program, reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October every year. Recently, the East Meadow School District celebrated Red Ribbon Week with a number of different events.

Seventh-grade students at had a Character Education/Human Diversity Awareness workshop featuring Paul D. Failla, a retired Suffolk County police officer, actor and educational consultant. Failla has developed a unique array of programs relating to Character Education and other value-based topics geared toward middle and high school students.

The students at wore red bracelets inscribed with the words "I am drug free," which were provided by the school's PTA. They also planted red tulip bulbs around the front of the school that will remind them of their pledge this coming spring when the bulbs flower into beautiful red tulips. Each class created a large red ribbon pledging a healthy drug-free life, which was signed by each student and placed on the door of their classroom.

At , students received visits from the local police department and the Athletes Helping Athletes club from East Meadow High School, bully prevention workshops by CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) and the Wellness Walk, coordinated by McVey social worker Theresa Arnone.

Students at were treated to a special assembly with renowned mind reader Flavian during Red Ribbon Week. The purpose of Flavian's show was to help the students make healthy decisions by saying no to drugs, alcohol and tobacco products.

Check out Patch's photo gallery of  the week below.


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