Celebrating Good Choices During a Week at JFK


Students and staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon Week at the end of October, marking each day with a different theme related to making good choices and leading a healthy lifestyle.

On Monday, everyone wore their favorite sports jersey to “team up” against drugs, with a focus on athletic participation leading to a healthy mind and body. On Tuesday, the district colors of red, white, and black were everywhere, demonstrating spirit and pride in the school and community; on Wednesday, neon colors filled the hallways to signify that JFK’s students are “bright” and will make smart decisions; and for Thursday, T-shirts bore positive messages like “Do the Right Thing!” On the last day of the week, students wore their favorite clothes as a message to be confident and respect each other for who they are. 

The students also created ribbons to decorate the school’s hallways, containing affirming statements about good decisions like “eat healthy,” “be kind to others” and “treat others as you want to be treated.” JFK’s PTA surprised the appreciative students with a gift of earbuds to promote listening to music with positive lyrics and messages. Older students from East Islip High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club also visited to speak with JFK’s fifth-graders about bullying and the dangers of substance abuse. 

“It was wonderful to see the young adults of East Islip encouraging the JFK students to think critically about serious decisions they will be making about their future,” said JFK Principal Deborah Smith. “We were grateful for the time they spent having important conversations about being drug free and speaking up when bullying is witnessed. It was truly a meaningful week of reflection on making great choices.”