Brooks Celebrating Red Ribbon Week
October 26, 2012
Brooks Middle School is celebrating Red Ribbon Week, which is sponsored by the National Family Partnership and serves as a way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse.
Throughout the week, the school will focus on educating students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and encouraging them to make more positive choices now and in the future. Some of the activities taking place in the building include:
Tuesday, October 30 and Thursday, November 1 – Each advisory class will participate in a competition to create its own pledge to be drug free. This competition will include the opportunity for the advisories to decorate their classroom doors based on their pledge or theme. In addition, students and staff have been asked to wear red on Tuesday; and can wear their shirts backwards on Thursday to represent turning their back on drugs and alcohol.
Wednesday, October 31 – There will be two assemblies (first from 1:57 p.m. to 2:42 p.m. and second from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) led by school staff and representatives from the Township Youth Services. There will also be a variety of classroom and subject-related activities, including:
- Social Studies –Students will learn about the history of Red Ribbon Week, including the events that led to its establishment.
- Language Arts - Students will engage in a free writing contest (poetry, raps, essays, etc.).
- Math - Students will participate in an online scavenger hunt for statistics about drug use using information found on www.justthinktwice.com.
- Science - Students will study the negative side effects of alcohol through a truth in advertising activity in which they will create a counter ad to combat the messages in the popular media about drinking.
- P.E./Health - Student will participate in relay races in which they perform a task while wearing mittens backwards, which will simulate the effects of drugs and alcohol.
- Music- Students will explore song lyrics that send positive messages.
- Foreign Language - Students will create anti-drug slogans using the language taught in their class.
- Family and Consumer Science - Students will identify foods that offer natural energy boosts.
- Technology – Similar to the activity in the P.E./health class, the students will try typing with mittens on to simulate the effects of drugs and alcohol.
- Academic Strategies/Foundations of Study - Students will place questions in a fishbowl and find the answers via a Web search or discussion.
Friday, November 2 – Students and staff will wear their favorite jerseys in order to "Team Up Against Drugs." The school will also announce the winners of the free writing and door decoration contests.
Additional information about Red Ribbon Week can be accessed by visiting http://www.nfp.org/default.asp?PageNum=617.