Raising Awareness During Red Ribbon Week

Last month’s Red Ribbon Week in the East Islip School District featured a variety of programs and events, all geared towards encouraging impressionable students to avoid drugs.

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) members got into the Red Ribbon spirit a week earlier, holding a car wash at the Town of Islip Vehicle Repair Facility in East Islip that raised over $700 for the Red Ribbon program.

With Red Ribbon Week officially under way on October 25, East Islip High School SADD students Micaela Alberti, Christian Arma, Amber Capobianco, Jonathan Gutierrez, Rachel Lopiccolo, Maggie McGrath, Moria McGrath, Gabby Saitta and Megan Seltzer visited each of the district’s elementary schools with advisor Bridget Lopiccolo, talking to the fifth-graders and spreading the message about the dangers of drug use.

At Connetquot Elementary School, students celebrated Red Ribbon Week and their commitment not to do drugs with different events and tasks each day. They signed a pledge banner, put on mismatched socks to "sock it to drugs," showed school spirit by wearing red and received a "We Rule, We're a Drug-Free School" bookmark and sticker, culminating in an informative but fun “Brain Challenge” game show put on by Hollyrock Entertainment.

During Red Ribbon Week, students pledged to make good choices and decisions that will ensure they are healthy and happy,” explained Connetquot Principal Deborah Smith. “The Hollyrock assembly was arranged to encourage students to live a drug-free life. The idea behind the intellectual game show was to involve students in activities that stimulate their minds and encourage them to learn. Participation in answering challenging questions deepens understanding and motivates students to continue to acquire knowledge.”