Castleberry ISD Celebrates Red Ribbon Week
Castleberry ISD Celebrates Red Ribbon Week
Posted on 11/02/2012
  Castleberry ISD encourages students to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week - October 29 to November 2, 2012. “Red Ribbon Week encourages students to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles,” said Anthony Alegria, CHS Student Council President. “The campaign is designed to bring together parents, schools, and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free.”

Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988 to commemorate the life and cause of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena, who was killed by drug traffickers in 1985. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice.

The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities, and by wearing a red ribbon the last week of October, students demonstrate their ardent opposition to drugs. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.

Students at each Castleberry ISD school will participate in a wide variety of activities promoting a safe and drug-free life. Activities will include dress-up days, school parades, antennae tagging, daily announcements, and of course, the district-wide “Wear Red Day” on Tuesday, October 30th. Tuesday is also the Red Ribbon Week Breakfast, held at 8:00 AM in the River Oaks Lion’s Club, 1012 Red Oak Lane. During this annual event, winners of the Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest are announced and certificates are presented to the students.

One highlight of the week will be the “Book Parades” planned at Castleberry and A. V. Cato Elementaries on Wednesday, October 31. Students will have the opportunity to show off their favorite classroom book in a creative way. The Castleberry Elementary Parade will begin at 9:00 AM in front of the school on Ohio Garden Road – families and friends are asked to stand in the grassy area in front of school.

A. V. Cato Elementary’s parade will begin at 8:30 AM. Prekindergarten through 2nd Graders will march in the parade and family members and friends are welcome to join in the fun with the 3rd through 5th graders and watch the parade on the front sidewalk by the school building.

These parades are always such a special time for the students, and we invite family and friends to come watch the parade and enjoy in the festivities. In the event of inclement weather, parades will be held in the hallways of the school.

This is the list of student activities for Red Ribbon Week, October 29 – November 2, 2012:

Joy James Elementary:
Monday - "Run Away from Drugs" (Faculty, students and families will run around the school block)
Tuesday - "Wear Red Instead" (Wear Red Day)
Wednesday - "Advertise a Drug Free Lifestyle" (Vocabulary parade within the school)
Thursday - "Hats off to a Drug Free Lifestyle" (Wear a hat day)
Friday - "Elect to be Drug Free!" (Wear red, white and blue)

Castleberry Elementary
Monday - "Hakuna Matata Day" (“no worries” day wearing mismatched clothing)
Tuesday -  "Red Day" (dress in red from head to toe)
Wednesday - "I’d Rather Be Reading than Doing Drugs Day" (wear parade costume)
Thursday - "Put a CAP on Drugs Day" (Wear a crazy hat or a baseball cap)
Friday- "Drug-Free Spirit Day" (Wear their class t-shirts)

A. V. Cato Elementary
Monday - "Staying Drug Free is ‘Paws’itively Healthy” Day (Students are encouraged to dress in school colors)
Tuesday -  "Red Day" (dress in red from head to toe)
Wednesday- "Show The Character You Can Be, If You Stay Drug Free Day" (dress like a Character they have read in a story)
Thursday - "Know Your Facts, Don’t Fall Through The Cracks Day" (Each class will pledge to stay drug free.)
Friday - "Be All You Can Be, Stay Drug Free" (wear camouflage attire)

Irma Marsh Middle School
Monday - "Outsmart Drugs and Just Say NO" (dress like a nerd)
Tuesday - "It's HOT to NOT do drugs!" (wear red)
Wednesday - "Blackout Drugs" (dress all in black)
Thursday - "Double Up Against Drugs" (twin day, dress up the same as another friend)
Friday - "Drugs are a Nightmare" (wear your pajama pants, no slippers)

Castleberry High School
Monday Mustache Day. (I “mustache” you not to do drugs.)
Tuesday Red Out. (Red out drugs!)
Wednesday Super Hero Day (Be a hero, not a zero! Don’t do drugs.)
Thursday Twin Day (Team up against drugs!)
Friday 60s Day (Give peace a chance—not drugs!)

REACH High School
Monday - "Put a Lid on Drugs" (Wear a hat)
Tuesday - "Red Day" (Wear something red)
Wednesday - "Tie One on Against Drugs" (Wear crazy necktie)
Thursday - "Sock it to Drugs" (Wear crazy socks)
Friday - "Say Boo to Drugs" (Wear a costume)