Colonial School District's kindergarten through third grade students recently learned about drug prevention and making healthy decisions during "Red Ribbon Week."
"It's a week where we celebrate people not taking drugs," explained Brady Fox, a third grader at Conshohocken Elementary School (CE).
To help get the children excited about Red Ribbon Week, each day had a different theme. For example, on one of the days, students and staff at Ridge Park Elementary School (RP) wore crazy socks to "Sock It to Drugs."
"One of them is my church sock, and the other is my basketball sock. My church sock has all different colors on it, and my basketball sock has squares on it," said Khazeem Key, a third grader at RP.
At CE, the children wore college gear on one of the days when the theme was: "Our future is so bright, because we are drug free!" Second grader Joseph Deguzman wore a Cornell t-shirt.
"I just like it. My mom went to Cornell," said Joseph.
Red Ribbon Week is a campaign by the The National Family Partnership to bring attention to the dangers of drugs and encourage drug prevention activities around this year's theme, "Life is your journey. Travel drug free." For elementary students, Red Ribbon Week mainly focuses on making sound healthy decisions.
"We talked about how to stay away from drugs," said CE third grader Harper Reilly. "We also learned that medicine is healthy for you, but if you take too much, you could get addicted to it, and it could be a bad drug."
The week also featured conversations on bullying.
"We want to make all of the students and families aware that drugs are an important topic and to take preventative measures for the future," said Ridge Park Elementary School (RP) Principal Eileen Carr. "But we really approach it from making good choices, being safe and taking care of yourself at this level."
The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week each year.