Red Ribbon Visits Fifth Grades

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Thirteen dedicated members of the high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions group – Corinne Collora, Gabrielle Commisso, Dominique Degener, Sarah Diprima, Sophia Gerace, Kelsey Gonzales, , Samra Iqbal, Angelina Parisi, Sara Rapuzzi, Janessa Reyes, Erica Sciallo, Michael Silva and Jordyn Torres – visited fifth-grade classes at the district’s John F. Kennedy and Ruth C. Kinney elementary schools on Oct. 28 as the culmination of Red Ribbon Week.

Many of the fifth-graders got into the spirit of the event, sporting “wacky” hair to honor their pledges to remain safe, happy and drug-free.

In addition to a discussion about the hazards of drugs and alcohol, this year’s SADD Red Ribbon program included the traditional slogan contest and mini-skit about peer pressure alongside a new letter-writing activity. In the latter, each fifth-grader wrote a letter to a current senior, wishing them luck and reminding them not to make destructive decisions as they approach prom and graduation season. 

“We are preparing these fifth-graders to be equipped with good information that helps them not make destructive decisions,” said SADD adviser Bridget Lopiccolo. “Our Red Ribbon program is unique in that it brings the high school students into the actual elementary classroom, and they have engaging conversations about the issues that students face today. Who better to answer the questions that are on the minds of the fifth-graders, about middle and high school, than high schoolers who have been down the road already?”