Saying No to Drugs and Bullying

Just Say No!
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Carnegie Elementary teachers and Principal Lauren Baughman "dress for success" to kick off Red Ribbon Week. "My future matters" was the theme of the day. "Dream it, believe it, and achieve it. I believe in me! Happy, healthy drug and bullying free!

With an emphasis on drug awareness, Carnegie and Crafton elementary schools are celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 23-27.  Red Ribbon Week serves as a conduit for students and families to take a stand for a future filled with hopes and dreams by committing to a pledge to live drug-free. The week-long campaign also reinforces anti-bullying and warns students of the hazards of peer-pressure in respect to the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and violence.

Students and teachers alike will reinforce the value of a drug- and bully-free environment by way of themed activities, at age-appropriate levels, geared to educate and enlighten. Wearing red, being a HERO (Help, Encourage, and Respect Others), and Teaming Up (wearing a favorite team jersey or shirt) to unite against bullying or drugs are just a few.  The PTA’s in each school are supporting the campaign with surprises and treats for students.

Members of the Amazing Alternative Clubs decorated the schools, inside and out. In classrooms, students will read and learn about the dangers of experimenting with alcohol or drugs, and will be encouraged to make smart choices.  In art classes, students in all grades are making murals using positive slogans and vibrant drawings.

At Carnegie Elementary, the main hallway features a long paper chain made by students in kindergarten through sixth grade that proclaims: We Stand United Against Drugs and Bullying. In Crafton, a school pride day will encourage students to sport green and gold attire as they rally to say no to drugs and bullying while enjoying freshly popped popcorn.

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation. With the country in the throes of an Opioid crisis, Carnegie and Crafton elementary students and teachers aim to send the message: COUGAR PAWS don’t touch drugs!

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