Mid­dle school cel­e­brates com­mu­nity of car­ing

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

The cel­e­bra­tion of Com­mu­nity of Car­ing/Red Rib­bon Week was a spe­cial week at Up­per Merion Area Mid­dle School. Or­ga­nized by Adam Slavin, prin­ci­pal, and com­mu­nity mo­bi­lizer for CAST, Su­san Shel­ton, it fea­tured ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to pro­mote char­ac­ter and a drug-free life­style.

Pop­u­lar ra­dio host, Mark Shep­perd, kicked off the week by read­ing a procla­ma­tion to the stu­dents en­cour­ag­ing them to re­main drugfree. The procla­ma­tion was part of the Red Rib­bon Cam­paign which has been pro­vid­ing drug preven­tion in­for­ma­tion to mil­lions of youth since 1988. All staff and stu­dents re­ceived an “I Elect to be Drug Free” bracelet. Fifth grade stu­dents were trained in proso­cial skills and the val­ues cho­sen by the district: Car­ing, Re­spect, Re­spon­si­bil­ity, Trust and Fam­ily. On Tues­day, stu­dents and staff wore their shirts back­wards to sym­bol­ize “Turn­ing Their Back on Drugs.” Wed­nes­day was “Real He­roes Don’t Do Drugs” Day as stu­dents wore capes or su­per he­roes shirts. Thurs­day, stu­dents and staff wore Up­per Merion or sports team ap­parel to “team up in the fight against drugs and al­co­hol.” Red tulips were planted prior to the start of the school day which will bloom in the spring, re­mind­ing stu­dents of their pledge to re­main drug free.

Fri­day’s cul­mi­nat­ing ac­tiv­ity, a school-wide ser­vice project, Vik­ing Re­lief Day which is in its 12th year, fea­tured stu­dents rais­ing money through var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties for a cure for breast can­cer and other lo­cal char­i­ties, along with the an­nual stu­dent/fac­ulty foot­ball game.


It was “Real He­roes Don’t Do Drugs” Day as stu­dents wore capes or su­per he­roes shirts to school dur­ing Com­mu­nity of Car­ing/Red Rib­bon Week.

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