Perdido E/M School observes Red Ribbon Week

For Drugs Can’t See Me Day, students dressed in camo. Shown are first graders in Mandy Scarborough’s class, (no particular order), Phillip Allen, Brian Braddock, Aleiah Crook, Shayla Flowers, Airyana Haver, Myles Hill, Maddie Hill, Morgan Hill, Lane McGuff, Brody McGuff, Kyptin Presley, Parker Rowell, Aalyiah Scott, Brendon Valverde, Raylee Wall and Addisyn Young

Special to Atmore News

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. The goal is to educate individuals, families, and communities on the destructive effects of alcohol and drugs and encourages the adoption of healthy lifestyle choices, through building awareness in children who are school age.

To actively engage students at Perdido Elementary / Middle School in this campaign, the school’s Peer Helpers with sponsor Guidance Counselor Traci Branum came up with a daily, out of uniform, dress up event as follows:

Monday – Peace Out Drugs – Tie-Dyed Shirts

Tuesday – Drugs Can’t See Me – Camo

Wednesday – My Future Job is Drug Free – Dress as future professional self

Thursday – Team Up Against Drugs – Favorite sports team

Friday – Too Bright for Drugs – Neon colors

On Monday, the students learned about the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. DARE was founded in 1983 as a partnership between the Los Angeles Police Department and the L.A. public schools. The idea was simple: Officers would go into schools to talk to kids, “boosting the self-esteem of students so that they can resist the temptation to use drugs.”

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit Deputy David Tetreau and Deputy Lucas Jones partnered with BCSO K-9 handler Jason Kolbe to put on a school demonstration for Perdido. Deputy Lucas Jones (Perdido’s SRO) came as Daren the Lion, who is the mascot for DARE. Deputy Jason Kolbe brought “Aaron” the drug finding canine who the students watched as he sniffed out the hidden drugs.