Red Ribbon Week is a drug and violence prevention campaign that is observed every October across the United States. Peer Leadership teacher Farran Burnette guided the Peer Leadership students who handmade red ribbons, hung college posters, made and placed brochures on lunch tables, and made a slide show for teachers to show during their classes in order to promote good decision making. By helping out with Red Ribbon Week, Peer Leadership students are setting an example for other students.
“My ideal goal is to set a positive example for other students and give them someone to look up to in their future,” said senior Peer Leadership student Jared Smith.
Teachers wore college T-shirts and shared a little bit about where they went to college and why college is so important for a successful future. There were posters hung all around campus displaying the different options students have for college, including the acceptance rate, GPA, and SAT requirements for each displayed college.
“College is important because there is a very high relation with education and standard of living. I also think college is important to an individual's growth,” said Burnette.
“We wanted to get the college information out during October for the early admission applicants,” said Burnette.
On Friday, first responders came to the Scholars Academy campus to interact with students at stations during lunch. The stations included a fire truck and an ambulance. There were ‘impairment goggles” at a station, and the students could put them on to experience some of the effects of being under the influence. The first responders also shared stories with the students to help them see the consequences of bad decisions.
Burnette’s hope was that the students would interact with first responders, hear real life stories, and be influenced to make good decisions.
“I also hope students become unintimidated by them,” said Burnette.