Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, drugs, and violence prevention campaign observed annually by schools across America. This year’s Red Ribbon Week for La Cañada High School started on October 26th and ended on October 30th. Although Red Ribbon Week is now over, the administration hopes the efforts to raise awareness and combat illegal activity will not be forgotten.
“For some students, [Red Ribbon Week] is going to be really effective for other students who have made their decisions about drug use and what that means for them, it may be not as effective. Everything that we do around campus is about trying to make a change, and I think Red Ribbon Week is about trying to make a positive change.” said Principal McFeat.
Despite Principal McFeat’s efforts, not all students are convinced that Red Ribbon Week is well-managed. Sophomore Hakob Shamilian said, “Our school emphasizes Bullying Week a lot more, so no, Red Ribbon Week is not that effective.”
Junior Natalie Petrosian spoke along the same lines by saying, “I agree. I thought that Red Ribbon Week was test scores and stuff. I don’t think it’s that effective at all because I never hear about it. Look, I’m a junior in high school and I don’t even know what Red Ribbon Week entails. It should be enforced more.”
On the first day of the campaign, students received the familiar “Too Smart to Start” red wristbands. Throughout the week, several events took place to promote a drug and alcohol free life, including handing out apples, displaying prohibited items confiscated from students, and exhibiting the crashed car that annually shows up during lunch.
“I think we did some very similar things as we have in previous years. The big priorities are involving our PTSA, and then also talking about and implementing a drug free zone. I think, well nothing’s perfect, but we have a lot of room for improvement in everything that we do. I think what we try to do is take input and feedback, and being a growth-mindset person requires that you take that feedback and you try to get better,” said Principal McFeat.
As for next year, the LCHS principal would like to have an assembly with a guest speaker to speak about what it means to be drug free. Another idea they’re considering to reach more students is trying to get a group to come out and present a drug free presentation. The support from the community also plays a huge role in this campaign, and more help is always encouraged. However, those who have been involved have made a huge impact for our students during Red Ribbon Week.
Overall, although the effectiveness of the efforts may depend on the individual, Red Ribbon Week served as a reminder to all students to be drug and alcohol free.
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