Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 1, 2013

EJHS activities highlight Red Ribbon week

Tony Huffman
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Good, clean fun broke out at Effingham Junior High School Friday as students and faculty celebrated Red Ribbon Week with a variety of healthy activities.

    Celebrating different dress-up days throughout the week, from Sports Team Monday to School Spirit Friday, the purpose of the week was to show good times are possible without drugs or alcohol.

    “At our school, drugs are discussing and nasty,” said eighth-grader Hannah Taylor. “If you do drugs, you will end up hurting yourself.”

    Games at an assembly held Friday included a dance competition, a bouncy ball race, singing competition, announcement of Red Ribbon Week poster winners and a drug-free message.

    “If you choose to live a drug-free lifestyle, you can be healthy and have fun,” said Becky Wilson, student council leader and eighth grade math teacher. “

    The underlying message of  "A Healthy Me is Drug Free" highlighted the exercise-related activities. Red Ribbon Week is a national program that brings awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most viable prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States, according to the Red Ribbon website.

    “”We are focusing on staying drug free and making good decisions,” said Principal Bill Myers.

    Tony Huffman can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 138 or tony.huffman@effinghamdailynews.com.